It's funny how your child can be doing well, and then ability gaps will pop up in the strangest places. My daughter has been having a great year, learning to drive like a pro, getting good grades, managing her anxiety much better than in the past.
And then, today, at the mall, I remembered something she absolutely cannot do: Ride the down escalator.
Going down on the escalator has been a terrifying prospect for her since she was a little girl. She's managed to master the ride up, and I keep thinking she'll figure out how to step down. Yet here she is, a mostly capable high-schooler, still frozen in terror at the top of that moving stairway.
Today, at the mall, we were able to find elevators whenever we needed to change floors downward. And I suppose most places she'll visit will have stair or elevator options. To that degree, this feels like a "whatever works" thing. She's probably not the only person in the world with poor depth perception and a fear of heights.
We're starting to get to a time, though, when she's going to be off with friends who may not be so understanding about her need to scour the outer limits of the department store for the lift. I don't know if I should make a point of getting her through this now, or just trust that she'll find friends who won't mind.
Do your kids have trouble with escalators? What have you done, or not done, about it? Share your experience in the comments, then read some explanations and advice on escalator fear.Photo: Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images