But You’ll Fall in the Water

Yesterday my wife asked my 4 year old if he thought it would be cool if I competed in Ninja Warrior.  He’s watched it a bunch of times with me on TV, so is pretty familiar with it.  My wife wanted to know what he thought about maybe seeing his daddy on TV competing in Ninja Warrior.

My 4 year old sort of frowned with concern, “But you’ll fall in the water.”

Maybe somebody had shown him this video.  As most of you know, there have been 24 Ninja Warrior (Sasuke) competitions in Japan and only 3 out of 2,400 competitors have ever completed the course.  That’s not even calculating the several hundred competitors that competed in the first American Ninja Warrior last year.  With water pits being the “fall catcher” for most of the obstacles, well, you can do the deductive logic.

“Buddy,” I responded to my son, “everybody falls in the water.  It’s just a question of how far you get before you do fall in the water.”  That didn’t really satisfy my son, who still carried around a furrowed brow of concern the rest of the night for his daddy and his inevitable dip in the drink.