My kids had their school Sports Day last week. Sports Day can be a trying time for mammies, especially if no medals are won. And girls of slight build have to work very hard to win medals over girls built like proper athletes.
But this year, as in the two previous years, it was the novelty races that were my saving grace. I think that’s because everyone else writes off the novelty race as a bit of fun, forgetting that there is still a medal at stake. They grab an egg & spoon at the last minute and decide to join in, or just before the three-legged race they grab a friend and tie their legs together.
But I know these races are our one chance to win over the power runners. Practice is the secret. The runner who has got used to balancing the egg & spoon, or running with a friend, is in a much better position than the person who has joined in with just seconds to go to the start of the race.
For two years in a row, DD1 has won a medal the three-legged race with one of her best pals. They spend every spare minute of the Sports Day with their legs tied together so that by the time the race is called they are moving as one person.
During June when DD2 said she was bored, I gave her a spoon and potato and told her to run around the garden practicing for Sports Day. She jumped at the chance on several occasions. Just as well, because I didn’t have a Plan B if she had said “No!”. And guess what? She came 2nd in the race on the big day. She was thrilled with herself. And I was delighted for her because it’s nice to be a winner every once in a blue moon. I was just happy they did well and didn’t come last. Those tears I can do without.
Now one question, is Ireland the only country that uses potatoes instead of eggs for the Egg & Spoon race?