Emergency Exit

My good friend Val, a book blogger and reviewer over a Life Is A Patchwork Quilt, asked a great question over on her blog today. What is the most daring thing you did as a child? I was actually not that daring as a child. In college I stole a street sign to help my sister feel better about a bad boyfriend situation. Big deal, right? And while I’d say I was pretty confident, I didn’t take a lot of risks. It got me thinking about my own kids. Eleanor is most definitely what I’d called daring. For instance: the day of the first grade field trip.

I didn’t go, though she’d asked me to chaperon. So after school, I wondered if she was disappointed. She wasn’t. Like most kids, she’d said it was “fine.” I asked her, “Soooooo, anything interesting or unusual happen?”


Actually not the answer I’d predicted. “Do tell.”

“The bus had to pull over on the way back to school. An alarm went off.”

“Really? What happened?”

“Someone pulled the red handle on the special window.”

“Ha! I always wanted to do that.”

“Me too.”

“Wait, was it you?”

“Uh huh.”

“Oh my god, did you get in trouble?”

“I didn’t tell anyone it was me.”

“Good thinking.”

I left it that. Is it bad that I was secretly proud of her for that?

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

6 thoughts on “Emergency Exit

  1. Great story, Jody!

    If my kids have done anything as daring, I don’t know of it! Maybe that’s a good thing — I don’t need an heart attack yet :-).

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