what was the scariest thing you ever did as a child?

This building is not curved, that’s just the way the panoramic photo came out, but imagine it very long and straight.  There are three entrances to the building: one at the beginning, the middle (under the TO LET sign) and the end. Stairs take you to the upper
level, where there are offices. A long corridor connects
the offices.  When I was wee we used to dare each other to sneak in the first door, dash up the stairs and run along the upper corridor as fast as we could without getting caught. If you thought you weren’t going to make it, you could chicken out through the middle door but the thing was to get to the  last door. It was very scary at the time. When you succeeded (I only once chickened out through the middle door)  you felt elated.

It seems daft now  to think something so simple could have given me such a thrill. But I suppose that’s the magic of being a child. We can  create the extraordinary in the ordinary without even trying. It’s much harder to do this as an adult. We are far too sensible to take risks, which means our lives are considerably more boring than when we were children, at least mine is 😉  Maybe this is why so many of us enjoy reading. Through books we can experience the thrills and spills of life, live vicariously, from the comfort of our sensible, safe homes. I also think that’s why many of us writers write. At least, that’s why I read (and write books). Why do you read books? What was the scariest thing you did as child?  And, yes, that’s a picture of me underneath – and, yep, butter wouldn’t melt ;o)

To thank you for taking the time to comment, your name will go in a hat and at the end of the month of July one lucky winner will receive a copy of The Blue Suitcase.


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11 Responses to what was the scariest thing you ever did as a child?

  1. Gillian Deakin says:

    I can recall lots of scary moments in childhood, because I had six older siblings who saw the youngest as fair game, but my scariest (and bravest) act was to climb up the tower at the North Sydney Olympic Pool, walk out to the end of the high diving board, turn around and attempt a back dive. I recall thinking that if I’m brave enough to do this, I can do anything. I knew I was going to do it, and I knew it would hurt. Right both times.
    40 years on, tomorrow I’m going to attempt another dive, but this time it is a dive into the crocodile-infested beach, here in the Arafura Sea. Why not?
    winter in Australia, it’s warm and sunny in The Top End,(Northern Territory). The risk of an agonising death by a croc’

  2. Marianne Wheelaghan says:

    Hi Gillian, great to hear from you. I remember jumping from the 3rd highest dive board at the Commonwealth pool here in Edinburgh, but never backwards, and never diving – ha ha! Your trip to the Arafura sea sounds like it will be lovely, apart from the agonising death bit 😉

  3. Katrina says:

    When I was little, I think the scariest thing I did was meet Ross Kemp(Grant) from eastenders, I remember my sister won a competition to see him, and mum made us all go,it was all going well.
    Until we had a photo too with him, my sister loved it but I screamed and cried and said, you killed. (Tiffany) I was only eight or nine. 😆

    I read books because, they open your imagination and take you to places beyond all lives stresses and heartache , into a world of danger, happiness and heroes for a few peaceful hours.

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Hi Katrina, great to hear from you! Meeting Ross Kemp sounds pretty scary to me, and I don’t even watch Eastenders – my daughter does, though, so I know all about Grant – ha ha!
      Yes, i’m with you on books. I loved reading. Still do. What would we do without books and our imaginations?

      “I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.”
      Eudora Welty

      • Katrina says:

        Hi Marianne.

        Ha! It was, my sister never let me forget it.

        Yes, I love reading too and life would be boring without imagination.

        I think as long as you can dream and make the heroes fight harder, the villains more evil and see the fairy in a standard boring tree, you’ll never be bored.

        Well, my Nan used to tell me that.

        How are you?

        I Hope your weather hasn’t been too bad.

        Take care.

        • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

          Hi Kate, I love your nan’s quote! It’s prefect!!
          I am in France just now – in a McDonalds using their internet as Orange France stuffed up our phone line and we have no internet. It is a tad overcast here but not raining and temperature lovely, so it’s all good 🙂 Talk soon 🙂

          • Katrina says:

            Hi Marianne.

            Yeah, she had a way about her.

            Wow, France I bet that’s really nice there. Have you tried frogs legs? 🙂

            My sister went to France once and said, she could never try them. 😆

            Have a lovely holiday. 🙂

          • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

            Thanks for good wishes! Not tried frog legs, but that daughter of mine has (she’s the adventurous one), she says they’re a tiny bit like chicken. She’d not had them since;o)

  4. Katrina says:

    Hi Marianne

    Ha Ha, bless at least she tried them. 🙂 My sisters are adventurous ones in our family.

    I’ve Finished reading your book The Blue Suitcase, last night on my kindle I couldn’t put it down. After I started reading it and thought, it was an amazing story I loved the start of your book and have to admit I was crying by the end it was such a powerful story, and one I feel will stay with me for a good while.

    It’s at total credit to you. 🙂

    Hope you are having a great holiday.

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Hi Katrina, thanks so much for your kind words about The Blue Suitcase. I’m so glad you found the story engaging. When you set out to write something you have no idea if anyone else will find your words even vaguely of interest, and, as The Blue Suitcase is based on things that happend to Mum, I felt this even more keenly. So, thanks again for letting me know you enjoyed it:)

      The holiday is going well, apart from all the problems to do with getting the internet sorted. We went to Saintes (the nearest biggest town) yesterday to get a dongle thing – OMG!! Queued for ages to talk to someone, talked to someone for ages and then got back to the house for the dongle thing not to work. AGH!!!!! Am using our neighbours WiFi at the moment! Ha ha! Apart from that, great to have break from routine and some peace and quiet – there’s not even a bar or cafe in the village, though lots of barking dogs ;O)

      • Katrina says:

        Hi Marianne.

        Glad your holidays going well, Ha Ha oh dear!! Dongles are annoying, and ques even worse. Nice of your neighbour to let you use her wifi. 🙂

        I definitely found your book amazing, you have a way of taking us reader on a journey with every page, and I think you should be really proud of yourself for writing such an amazing story. I know I won’t forget it in a hurry, and I look forward to your next book. 🙂

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