I would be very ungrateful if I didn’t post about my mother, being that this is the day set aside for us to reflect on all that our mothers have done for us. I know that I have mentioned before, but I am one of ten kids, and yes, all from the same AMAZING woman. As a young child, I grew up in Colorado. For most of my young childhood, my dad spent his days at school and nights at work. He did such a good job of making the time that he had with us, quality time, so I never felt neglected by him at all. But, it was my mom who was home with us, and who was charged with the day-to-day task of taking care of our needs.
Being that my dad was a full-time student, my mom ran an in-home daycare to help ends meet. As you may guess, or already know, running a day-care essentially means that you are “grounded,” so-to-speak, until those children are picked up. Needless to say, we didn’t have the luxury of going on a lot of outings. My mom, however, did her best to remedy the situation by coming up with little games we could play to help pass the time. I was talking to her about this very thing the other day, and she brought up one of the games that my siblings and I enjoyed doing, which she called, “silly-races.” We would all go out in the yard and my mom would call out different things for us to do, such as hop on one leg, crab walk, run backwards, sideways, etc. I loved these little races! I can even go so far as to say that my mom helped in cultivating my love for competitive and recreational racing. They were fun and silly with a little bit of a competitiveness to them :).
As a mother to my own children, these silly races are often a go-to activity to help pass the time, and my kids love it! Here is a video of my preschool class doing them after our Easter egg hunt. (I actually kept my older 2 home from school that day…we all needed a break :). They are the ones racing in front…It’s gotta’ be in the genes…the competitiveness, that is 😉 )
Thank you, Mom for all you have taught me, and still do! I am forever grateful.
Happy Mother’s Day!