“I thought we’d never come back from that one.”

I said it calmly, though I felt rather dizzy and disoriented. That was the fifth time in a row I’d ridden Coney Island’s Cyclone. My granddaughter insisted Granny was the only one she would ride with. Flattering, but my age was catching up with me. If my orthopedist could see me now, he’d have me committed. Clearly I was demented.


As the morning had progressed and the heat rose, the ride got wilder and crazier. It slung us through the curves, dips, and dives with ever-increasing intensity. That last time, when I got off, my knees were shaking. Actually, my whole body was shaking. I felt like a sailor back from a long time at sea.


On the Cyclone – 3 generations riding an old wooden coaster

“Once more Gramma?”  she said, eyes imploring.

I took a deep breath. And then, I said the words I never thought I’d hear coming from my mouth. “Maybe later. Grandma’s had enough for now.”

Daily Prompt: Use it or lose it, including the line: “I thought we’d never come back from that one.”

Categories: Anecdote, dialogue, Family, Getting old

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37 replies

  1. Wow what a great photo and you are brave!! I went on a roller coaster once when I was 21, and never again. Just thinking about it makes me dizzy!!


  2. I’ve never been in an amusement park. I only have known the street attractions they install for the fiesta every summer in my city. Now they build every year a small roller coaster, just for two weeks.


    • There used to be a lot more of these places. Coney Island is over a hundred years old. The boardwalk and beach are magnificent. There used to be a lot of seashore amusement parks and boardwalks in the U.S. on both coasts and on the Great Lakes. But the real estate eventually was worth more than the attractions could earn, so most of them were closed and dismantled. Somehow, Coney Island survived, as well as one in California and another in Michigan along the lake. It is remarkable that they have survived because developers want that land — badly. If you are ever “in the neighborhood,” Coney Island is worth a visit. Even if you don’t go on any rides, just the place, the food, the beach, the boardwalk are really special. And fun!

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  3. Haven’t been to Coney Island for decades, but loved it when I was young and adventurous. The last time I ‘went for A ride’ with the grands was at a local festival a couple of years ago. Once was enough! 🙂

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    • We were still going on rides up to a couple of years ago when Garry raised his white flag. He was 71 and said his bones and he had a conversation. His bones said “give it up.” I couldn’t argue the point, but I miss it.


  4. Sigh… I haven’t been to an amusement park since 1998. I loved riding the coasters when we’d go to Six Flags in my younger days… as long as it wasn’t a spinning around and around and around and around ride that made you want to throw up, I was totally game for it. After 17 years, it would feel odd to ride a roller coaster again… but I’d do it in a heartbeat! Pure adrenaline rush!


    • I love coasters, but like you, not spinning. Spinning doesn’t scare me. It just makes me throw up. The roundup thingies where it pins you against the side by centrifugal force? Those were the pits. Yuk. I’m still game for just one more ride … I’m not sure if my spine agrees, but my soul wants that wonderful moment of total panic when you look down the first drop and ask yourself, “What happens if a pigeon lands on the tracks?”


  5. Yeeks! You’ll never get me on one of those 😦


  6. One of the advantages of not having grandchildren. Kudos to you. The next time you could perhaps take a photo as you make the descent or better a small film.


  7. Hats off to you. Grandmotherly spirit par excellence.


  8. I used to love roller coasters, but you couldn’t get me on one now. It wouldn’t be worth the aches and pains afterwards. I’ll stick with that nice train that rides sedately around the park.


  9. Oh Gosh I admire you. I can’t even look at them…it makes my tummy turn.


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