Claremore Daily Progress

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May 14, 2014

No, you and Daddy can go underground

CLAREMORE —

A lot of people will tell you that as long as you’re above ground, you’re doing well. That’s not necessarily true. 
What about being underground — in a cave? My husband decided he wanted to spend his birthday exploring a local cave. 
While I wasn’t entirely enthusiastic at first (I’ll get to that in a minute), I came around and ended up getting a killer workout out of it. Also, it made me feel really adventurous and daring because I could have possibly died in there. 
The chances were small and insignificant (just how I like it), but there was a chance, okay?
My lack of cave-related enthusiasm wasn’t without reason. 
When my husband and I first started dating and we were still trying to impress each other, he asked me to accompany him and a friend into a cave. 
Underground. The only female with two males that I hardly knew. With no cell phone service, or anyone who could hear my potential cries for help. 
Being the bright, discriminate eighteen year old I was, I agreed. I shudder at the thought of my daughter one day making irrational decisions like that, but let’s move on. I went, and when I noticed the last speck of daylight had completely disappeared in this underground chamber, I realized my mistake. 
I didn’t know these boys well at all (at the time), and I had never been in a cave before. I was relying on them to guide us through the cave. It occurred to me that maybe they were leading me to a slow, painful demise. 
I hadn’t even told anyone where I would be! No one would know where to find me if I went missing. I started to panic. 
But I continued to try and act “normal,” in case they really were psychopaths. I didn’t want to anger them unnecessarily or let them know I was onto their (nonexistent) evil plan. 

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