So not worth it.
This is as high as Riley can climb. She clings on that first tier, terrified. With her depth perception issues, it no doubt feels like she's 100 feet up. No one is pushing her to climb, but she wants to. Yesterday, she chewed out Seth for trying to help her, so he gave up and went to play in the treehouse.
She'd been clinging there for a good twenty minutes, when a little guy of four or five hopped on and scampered all the way to the top like it was nothing.
1) When someone else gets on, the whole thing wobbles.
2) He was littler than her and he could climb circles around her.
She started to fret and jiggle. Her whole body rippled with upset. I went over and forced her off the play structure; it was clear she was about to lose it.
As we walked away she began to shriek,
"YOU BAD LITTLE BOY! YOU ARE A BIG SHOW OFF!"
Social skills, anyone?
Tears streamed down her face, and we continued to walk, eventually finding a boulder to sit on. I took her under my arm.
"Riley he wasn't showing off. He was just climbing."
"It isn't fair he can climb all the way to the top. I hate that boy! He is such a big bragger," she cried.
She'd hit black and white mode and could not see it any other way.
"Riley. There are so many things you are good at. You don't need to compare yourself to other people. Everyone does things in their own time."
"I WISH I HAD A FITNESS TALENT, THAT I COULD DO AND I WISH I COULD SHOW OFF AND MAKE SOMEONE ELSE FEEL BAD!"
"No you don't Dolly. You are such a sweetie. You have such a good heart. You would never try to hurt anyone's feelings on purpose."
She put her head on my shoulder and sobbed.
"I'm such a loser!"
"Riley, the reason you feel so bad is because you are thinking all these terrible things about yourself, and God doesn't agree. You're not lined up with Source, that's why you're hurting so much."
"GOD THINKS I'M A BIG DORK!!!"
Note to self: When someone is hurting, it's often a better idea to just offer a shoulder, instead of trying to convince them of any deep spiritual truths.