Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Day At The Races

Over the weekend, Charles' cub scout pack had their annual pinewood derby.  This year's venue was different and there were no chairs, only the gym floor to sit on.  The pinewood derby is synonymous with at least 4 hours of very slow moving heats while leaders and parents try to keep 50 boys calm as they wait their turn.  Think about it,  fifty 7-11 year old boys in a small space all told to keep it down to a dull roar and no running around.    The boys did amazingly well!  

I am always struck when we go, how all of the dads are sooooo intent.  They are all writing down times and discussing things that "they" might do different next year.  It is truly an afternoon of father son bonding.  Not in the typical fashion, they are not bonding with each other...The son's are all bonding and the father's are all bonding as they plot how well "their" cars did in a particular heat.  The dad's were hilarious to watch.  They would gather in groups of twos, threes, and fours, to check over stats and swap trade secrets.  

All in all, Charles' car won all four heats that it raced in.  The final race they had to re-run because another car jumped the track, and it happened to be his best time.  During the re-race, he had his worst time of the day.  Even with that time, he placed in the top ten, got a trophy, and moves on to the regional races.  Very exciting for him!! 

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