This day has been months in coming. RACE DAY! Weeks and weeks of planning, countless hours of preparation and toil and finally, RACE DAY is here! Okay, truthfully about 3 days of planning and preparation and just a little bit of toil – just keepin’ it real – but none the less, it is RACE DAY!
The Wolf Den is ready.
And yes, they are about the cutest, sweetest bunch of Cub Scouts on the planet.
The track is set.
The cars are placed and ready to race.
The spectators (daddy, Nathan and grandma – Sara is helping with concessions and socializing as big sisters do) are anxious as they wait to see just what the Great Devourer is truly made of!
The tension is palatable.
And one little brother, having moved to a better vantage point, is holding his breath hoping that his big brother (whom he normally wants to beat at EVERYTHING) wins, just this once – or at least until he’s racing too in a couple of years.
So, how did it all turn out?
Well, the Great Devourer seemed to have a mind of its own and jumped the track and then lost a wheel. The pit crew (daddy) raced in and repaired the wheel for a 3rd place finish in the next heat; to which Nathan shouts “OH NO, David LOSE!”
But still gave his brother the thumbs up after mommy reminded him that it is okay not to be first.
And in fact, despite not being first, David did win.
He won the “Flat Tire Award” (a bag of chocolate covered donuts) for jumping the track and losing a wheel in spectacular fashion!
And by judges vote, he won for “Most Original Design”.
I just have to say how proud I am of my sweet boy; not just because he worked hard on his car or won an award but because he was a true sportsman, cheering his friends on and showing genuine excitement for their success. I am proud of the maturity and grace I saw in him amid the disappointment of his car not performing as well as he would have like. I am proud of the young man he is becoming and how he reminded us that you don’t have to win to be a winner!