The Official Kickoff To Summer was today at my girl’s school (as I mentioned in my last post). They’ve always got a couple of bounce houses and a dunk tank that the kids can play on for a while, then we have a nice little picnic catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ (Dear God in Heaven, if you have a chance, check them out – it’s good). Thank goodness I put in that 25 miler this morning, because they stagger the kids – Josie went through first and Isabella an hour later – this meant that one of either me or Mrs. BgddyJim had to eat twice!
Well you know I took one for the team and had a second delicious pulled pork sammich with enough barbecue sauce on it to drown a small animal – or a quarter pound of pulled pork (and a piece of watermelon and a bottle of H2O).
In any event, they added a new inflatable climbing toy this year – that had to be 20′ tall. The kids get into a one size fits all harness that snugs up, and they’re attached to an emergency rope in case they let go, and up they go. Josie dug right in (after a little convincing from papa) and made it about half way:
Then came the dunk tank where she really showed what she could do – this will take two pictures, read the captions:
Now look at this:
Then after second lunch it was Bella’s turn. And that kid didn’t disappoint:
Now my girl made it up pretty high – not to the top but pretty stinking close, but that’s not what impressed me… The kid didn’t give up. When she got stuck, she tried every path and every angle that she could until her hands just couldn’t hold her up there any more. I’ve never seen that girl fight so hard to accomplish something. It was inspiring to watch and it really made me proud to be her dad. In the end, what was important was not that she didn’t make it – it’s that she didn’t quit until her body failed her. I couldn’t have asked for a stronger daughter. YES!