I know I am behind in my blogging (and my reading) but we have been busy having fun! Someday I am going to get caught up!
Last year the PTA hosted their 1st Annual Mother and Son Event. I didn’t attend. It was a good thing I hadn’t volunteered as it was the day after I came down with those terrible shingles. As a reminder, if you are over 60 and haven’t gotten your shingles vaccine stop reading this and take time out to call your doctor. Shingles are not fun.
But let’s get back to what was fun. Last year the Mother Son event was a bowling party, which the boys and their moms enjoyed. The bowling alley has since closed so the committee planned the event at the local Rockin’ Jump. This place had everything from vertical rock climbing towers to a jousting area! Those boys had so much fun trying to knock their moms into the pit, which was filled with foam rubber blocks. Climbing out of those blocks wasn’t easy either!
They also had dodgeball arenas (on trampolines!) and one of the moms took a ball right to the head. She didn’t care, she got right up and started playing some more but the kid that got her was very proud! And when the kids weren’t jumping or climbing, they were lining up to pay extra to get into the Hurricane Simulator booth! They feasted on pizza, sodas and cupcakes and according to one Mom her boys were so exhausted they were asleep in the back seat before she got out of the parking lot!
I had volunteered to take pictures of the moms with their sons as I do at the Father Daughter Dances. It really takes 2 people to coordinate taking the photos. In order to keep everyone straight I have them hold the photo form with their name on it as a test shot. Then my assistant takes the form away from them and keeps them in the order taken. I needed an assistant! We put the call out to all the usual volunteers and we even posted a request on Facebook but most of the usual volunteers were going with their sons. I didn’t want them helping as I wanted them having fun!
Jenna called me the day before and said, “Well, I think I found you a volunteer for tomorrow.” The way she said it had me worried especially when she added, “You can’t look a gift volunteer in the mouth!” Oh my, who did she get? Did I mention I didn’t know I was on speakerphone? Jenna bursts out laughing and says, “You get Amara!” I was thrilled! I said. “I will have to do something nice for her” when she says, “Oh you already do enough things for me!” I had tears! I was touched! She was the best assistant, she was SO good about the fact she couldn’t jump, and she really wanted to!
Towards the end of the event Amara did get to play in the Hurricane Simulator and I promised her that 2 weeks from this Saturday I will take her and one of her good friends to Rockin’ Jump as a way of saying Thank You.
Just another chance for me to spend time with Amara!