One day I was looking at my Google Cards, and one of the upcoming events was the Memphis 2014 Great Amazing Race. Now, I LOVE the Amazing Race. So, when I read up and realized that it was good for kids as well, it was decided in about 1 minute that Aidan and I would do it. So, team “P.A. System” (get it?) was born, and we were off to the races!
Aidan is like me in that he’ll try anything. He’s also like me in that he likes to win. A lot. We went in for a win, but along the way we decided we’d just have fun.
We started at the starting line up and took off to the first station. By took off I mean I ran for about 3 minutes, then I couldn’t run anymore. So, instantly, we were in the back of the pack. When we got to the first station, we had to make our way around an obstacle course in two baskets without letting our feet or hands touch the ground. Y’all. We were killing them in our baskets — until one false move caused us to fall. And just like that, we were back in the back with the team of two kindergartners. *womp* I kept telling Aidan I was sorry for making us fall, but he said “Mom, it’s okay, as long as we finish.” And we did.
On to the next one. Aidan made me pace myself so I could get a good steady jog going. But he knows I hate running, so he said “Mom, if we need to stop it’s okay.” So we ran, then walked, then ran some more. At the next station, we had to count all of these poles that were sticking in the ground. Except you had to do it from about 10 feet away. We developed our strategy and got to counting. My strategy was to stand there and listen to other teams agree on numbers. Once I was pretty solid that enough people agreed on a certain number, I turned our number in to the judge, and we were right! Then I had to run again.
Next, we had to paint faces. The result was what you see above. We did an excellent and speedy job on the face paint station, and by then we were back in the middle. Yeahhhh, boyyyy!!! But then, I had to run again.
Let me just tell you that all this running was taking place after we’d had a torrential downpour the two days before. So, in addition to running, I was running through mud in very wet shoes and socks. Now. Feel my pain. And we were only halfway done.
On the next one, I had to carry Aidan on my back while we relayed to fill up this bucket of water with a sponge. Other teams were trying to go fast, but the key was to get as much water in the sponge as you could, then get low to the ground and squeeze it out. We did thet!! But, by then??? I thought I could probably die. And I was wet from Aidan getting water on me. And I was frozen. And Tim found this completely hilarious as he watched.
Fast forward to the last one. We were still making good time, and we got to a letter challenge. Now, y’all know me and Aidan were going to kill any word game. We breezed through that joint so fast they didn’t even know we were there. Let me tell you that when we got approval from the judge, we took off to the finish line so.quick. And we finished in 61 minutes, 49 seconds.
We had a blast.
I always knew Aidan was a cool kid, but the way he was making sure that I was okay was so adorable. And as much as he likes to win, he said “Mom, I don’t care if we come in last, this is the best day ever. I’m having so much fun doing this with you!” But, when we got to the last leg, he said “Mom, you have to push yourself. You can do it.” And I did. I’m glad that we did it. I’m glad that we did it together. And, if we make the top 25 teams, we get to race again in New Orleans. I promised him that we would, and I promised him that if we made it, I would run with him and I wouldn’t stop. And I will. And I won’t.
In New Orleans? We win!