I am an amateur artist, hobby writer, and internet
addict enthusiast. This is an art/personal blog, so be prepared for equal parts doodles and dumbness.
procrastinating! instead of real work, enjoy my charmed life:
bleh I need to go to the grocery store today but I would rather jump in a well or set my hair on fire or something
Yeah, picture, take that. I am going to draw the shit out of you.
I’m watching this mythbusters episode about quicksand, and it reminded me of a story, so story time.
I was about 14 at the time, and my sister, Fiona, was 5. We were out with my mom visiting a friend of hers who lived near a lake, and my mom wanted to sit and chat with her friend for a bit (aka smoke weed), so she sent us off for a walk with her friend’s two kids (who were maybe 8 or 10 at the time).
So we’re walking along this path next to the lake, and we get to this area where there is this big puddle across the trail, and there are trees and fences and rocks and shit to either side, so you can’t really go around easily. The other two kids jump across, but Fiona is too small to do that, so I pick her up. Holding her, it’s too much distance for me to jump, so I decide I am just going to step in the puddle and ferry her across, nbd.
So I do, and I sink immediately up to my waist, and the kids are freaking out for obvious reasons, especially Fiona because she is 5 years old and we are sinking in quicksand. So they are straight panicking, Fiona is literally trying to climb up my body to get away from the mud, and one of the kids is wondering how to get back across to run and get help.
I tell them first take Fiona. I try and pass her across to them over the water/mud, but she is terrified and is clinging like a spider monkey, and in the meantime I am up to my chest now. I eventually convince her that I am not going to let her touch the water, and so she lets me hoist her up and the other kids take her and she won’t let them put her down on the ground because she is worried that she is going to sink.
Since my arms were free, I was then able to grab some surface roots from the nearby trees and pull myself out. Of course, now I know that quicksand isn’t like in the movies - you don’t sink forever until you drown, but at the time it was totally horrifying, and Fiona was super worried about every puddle she saw for months.