Speed Racer.

by mssinglemama on October 9, 2008

Benjamin is racing in a Trik-a-Thon tomorrow.

The day care just told me about it today, otherwise I would have taken the afternoon off to cheer him on. Maybe I should anyway. Benjamin is a world-class tricycle rider by the way. We ditched the stroller months ago. Now it’s a bike ride to the coffee shop and park every night.

He pumps his little legs furiously the entire way there, about a half of a mile. Inside, he zooms around on the wooden floors, brushing and swirving past the legs of the singles checking each other out. “Scuuz me,” he says, “SCUUZ ME!!” He likes to repeat himself, louder always the second time around.

Yes, it’s quite a sight. My little birth control on a tricycle breaking everyone’s flirtatious mojo.

So tomorrow Benjamin will make his debut on a real race track. And here I have on my desk – a little pledge card. I have to donate a dollar amount for every lap he makes. The brochure says kids make 25 laps on average.

But knowing Benjamin, they’ll have to drag him off of the track kicking and screaming. He won’t go down without a fight – ever. Not if you’re standing between him and something he wants. And at this point in his life those things include: Thomas the Train, his bike and his best friend Sydney. Oh, and me, I suppose.

He’s been kissing the hell out of me lately. He jumps on top of me – grabs my face and then starts kissing me, my cheeks, my nose. And he says, “I love you, Mommy. I LOVE YOU!!” Wonder where he learned that one from.

So who wants to guess Benjamin’s lap count?

And how much should I pledge a lap? What’s standard? It’s a lonely pledge card by the way. That’s slightly embarassing isn’t it? I’m sure the other parents have like 10 million friends on theirs. Oh well.

This parenthood thing – the school thing – is going to be hilarious, because I don’t know what in the hell I’m doing, how I’m supposed to act. Should be fun. Another life adventure. Hell yeah, baby.

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Laura October 9, 2008 at 8:26 pm

How cool is that! Sounds like fun!

I reckon he breaks the 25lap record 😉

I have been doing the school thing for 4 years and I STILL dont know what I am doing – I think the organised Stay-at-Home-Moms have labeled me the most disorganised mom of the year *sigh*

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Jim Everson (Depot Dad) October 9, 2008 at 11:57 pm

Put me down for 25 cents a lap.

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Matt T. October 10, 2008 at 3:55 am

I’m guessing he does…42 laps. Why 42? I’m a nerd, that’s why.

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mssinglemama October 10, 2008 at 4:47 am

Laura- Ugh… SHMs vs. WM wars. Not looking forward to those. That stuff has just got to end. We’re all moms right?

Jim – you are SO sweet. But the minimum is $1.00. Seriously! I was like, what? That’s the one thing I don’t like about school functions – how they force you to donate or get co-workers to donate so your kid can get a prize. Or, worse yet, BAKE!

In lieu of that and the likelihood that Benjamin does over 30 laps I’m not accepting any virtual pledges – but thank you Jim. You are an angel.

Matt – I think you’ll like this.

http://mssinglemama.com/2008/01/20/nerds-make-better-lovers/

And you just made me laugh out loud before 8:00 a.m. That is quite a feat.

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Katherine (SOLO dot MOM) October 10, 2008 at 5:43 am

Shoot – my son will be graduating in about 4 years… and I still don’t know what I’m doing! How do you think I felt yesterday when I show up at 2:30 to pick up Kass & realized she has Chess every Thursday and doesn’t get out till 3:30 on those days?… yeah – brain dead. Or two weeks ago when I got caught up in a project at work and completely forgot to pick her up and when I did get there, she was crying in the office thinking something bad had happened to me?

Yeah – felt pretty bad that day. Yes this truly is an adventure!

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pisceshanna October 10, 2008 at 8:34 am

LB is still too short for her trike. If she saw Benjamin, she would probably chase him and demand a ride (if she could catch him!).

I think you should totally go, and video it for us! 🙂

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littlemansmom October 10, 2008 at 9:00 am

Seeing as my good ole’ Canadian dollar is only worth 85 cents to you today…would you still want it? LOL…. If you do then throw me down on that card too! (I know what you said about virtual pledges…but do it anyways!!!!…just let me know so I actually send you $!!!! LOL)

I say he EASILY goes what……30 laps….

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jonb October 10, 2008 at 1:48 pm

37 laps

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Amber October 10, 2008 at 3:05 pm

31 laps!

I have two kids in Elementary school and I feel so misplaced all of the time. But be prepared…I have already written 5 checks for the school in this month alone…not to mention slaving away last night to make Green Chile for their school pot luck!!!

I heard it gets more expensive the older they get too! =)

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Laura October 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm

26 laps

My little one did a trike a thon last year and one of the options was pledging a set fee instead of x amount per mile. is that an option? This way you’re not hooked into giving more than you can.
And don’t feel at all embarassed at a small pledge card. Every bit helps Ours was short too. I always feel strange asking people to shell out money they may or may not have. These are trying times.

Our preschool was nice enough to take a photo of everyone who participated. Hopefully yours will too or maybe you can pick up a disposable flash camera and ask them to take a few shots for you.

PS I don’t know what the hell I’m doing either. I just make it up as I go along!

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mssinglemama October 10, 2008 at 5:34 pm

They stopped counting at 30. Seriously. They just stopped counting. So funny. I knew it.

I did send a camera and the shots are good, enough to get a taste of it. He definitely had fun and is now already passed out – I’m on my way too. Still fighting off this nasty sickness I’ve had all week.

NO donations seriously. If you must, make a pledge to a charity of your choice in Benjamin’s honor. Okay? Thank you Tracy and Jim for offering, but really – pick a charity of your own or go buy your little guys some ice cream.

Benjamin would want them to have ice cream. : )

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Kim October 11, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Alaina, for future reference, do *not* let the schools bully you into paying more than you want (or *doing* anything you don’t want to do, for that matter). Period. If you want to donate $10, pledge $10 (and accept any amount people want to contribute. Seriously! Who do these people think they are?). They cannot force you (or anyone else) to do (or pay) anything. These places make me crazy with their rules. I started bucking the system when my kids were in Catholic school. If I didn’t need gift wrap, I didn’t buy no stinking gift wrap! LOL The same thing went for everything else they nickle and dimed us with throughout the year. I supported their fundraising and other efforts in any way I could, and that was that. Be strong, Mama! Do what you can and let the rest of it go.

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Carolina October 15, 2008 at 6:33 am

OMG I love that picture of Benjamin, too cute.

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April October 19, 2008 at 5:13 pm

I’m too late to guess, but welcome to the world of begging your co-workers for $$. It won’t stop until middle school, where we all just get tired.

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