Wednesday, March 11, 2009

10K in the Basement or If the Wii Told You To Jump Off A Bridge, Would You Do It?

Andrew had been calling me, "Mom, I need you!"
Then ten minutes later, "Mom, can you help me?"
I was busy doing last minute, before-bed tasks.
I kept saying, "Just a second! I'll be there in a minute!"
I knew it was something about the Wii because I had allowed him to play for an hour before bedtime. And I HATE when he calls me when he's playing the Wii, because I know what he wants...the disc is skipping or he needs help figuring out how to go from one player to two players...and I can't help because I HAVE NO IDEA how to work that darn thing.
So I ignored him.
Finally, he said, "Please Mom, HELP ME!"
I made it down to the basement and looked at him.
He was dripping with sweat and shuffling along, jogging in place.
A little pale.
"Mom, I'm not getting to the end yet! This thing is going forever...it won't stop! Something is wrong!"
He had accidentally set it for a 7 mile race, instead of the usual little fun run.
And he was on mile 6.
He just kept plugging along. Maybe thinking his Mii would jump out and slap him silly if he stopped. "You signed on for this, and you are going to see it through! There's no stopping now! Stop calling for your mommy and get those knees up!"
I laughed so hard I cried. The kids all ran downstairs to see.
We cheered him on as he rounded the bend to finish up.
6o-something minutes.
He asked for a glass of water and we got PJ's on and I tucked him in bed.
I think he probably slept good?

28 comments :

  1. Sarah, I've been following your blog since Gina told me about it. I love it. This running story is adorable. I help coach cross country for the high school; you have scholarship material on your hand! Hope he will run in school.
    Your Tennessee Cuz
    Jodi

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  2. OMG-so funny.

    My boys figured out that the don't have to actually run while playing their Wii....all they do is shake their hand(the remote) and the Wii thinks they are running! Geesh. Defeats the whole fitness idea of the game ;)

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  3. That is hilarious! I don't often laugh out loud when reading blogs, but you got me! Thanks for this!

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  4. That is intense! He def. got a workout!

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  5. LOL
    My sons also just shake their hands. They think it's funny, but I tell them to be honest about it.
    7 miles! Oh MY!

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  6. That. is. awesome. I think you *almost* convinced me to get a Wii... I'm thinking a 7 mile run right before bed might solve our bedtime issues.

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  7. He got pretty good time. Don't you wish we all could just be able to run 7 miles? This is hilarious.

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  8. Way to go Andrew!! I can't believe you ran 7 miles!! My word! You are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Kitty

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  9. That is FANTASTIC! What determination. So funny - you never REALLY know what they want when they call you for help!

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  10. I laughed so hard I have tears. Too, too funny. Mostly because I can totally see my 5 yo doing the same thing. Oh my, I don't think I have laughed so hard & out loud for a long time, at work no less. Thank you!

    christy

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  11. Years ago, I wanted to invent a computerized "Baby Track" where the kids chased a toy endlessly, just like a greyhound chases a rabbit at the track. Heartless and cruel, or a great idea for exhausted parents? Glad to see the Wii has done the trick for us. Yours is a very funny story.

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  12. whatever it takes to wear those kids out....that is one of the things I loved about school sports....they are too tired to get into trouble!! Fun reading your post ... THANKS!!

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  13. BET HE'LL BE SORE IN THE MORNING!!!!!!!LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. What a great laugh!!! Thank you but seriously he is such a trooper!!!

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  15. Oh my Lord, I wish I had that kind of stamina! I ran for three today and was pooped!

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  16. What a trooper!! He had to be true to the game, so he kept on running. Loved your story.

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  17. Seven miles???? That is amazing! My Hannah (9) loves running around on the Wii. I don't think she has ever made it 7 miles though!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  18. that is the cutest story! Tells you alot about it personality!!

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  19. i laughed so hard when i read this. absolutely priceless!

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  20. Oh my goodness poor guy. I get the same sort of request when my daughter finds a new game on the computer to play.

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  21. Way to go Andrew....I can see your little face coming across the finish line...nose curled up and arms swinging!! I am sooo jealous of you BIG guy!!! As for me, I am still laughing outloud at that story....I can totally picture it!! Thanks guys!!! I can't wait to see Andrew at the races!! xo

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  22. HILARIOUS! I'm laughing out loud.

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  23. Thank you so much for the laugh! I love how I would simply think, "This game is running long, I think I'll stop here" and that thought would NEVER cross a child's mid.
    Run, Andrew, Run!

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  24. Hello- I'm new to your blog and every morning, during my baby's nap, I've been reading it one month at a time. You've inspired me to change a few things about my own blog and to work on my photography skills. I've linked to some inspiring blogs from yours as well. So thank you.
    I just had to comment after this post because it made me laugh out loud! Thanks, for everything. -kacey of vivapierre.blogspot.com

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  25. Ok I am laughing so hard I am crying! I dont remember how I found your blog, but I enjoy reading it! This post has got to be the funniest thing I have read in a long time! Thanks for the laugh!

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  26. Oh my! I can't stop laughing...and I can barely see to type for the tears in my eyes! I don't know how I missed this one, but I'm glad you linked back to it!!! 7 miles! I just can't get over it.

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  27. lol. That's hilarious! And good for him- see Wii is good for some excercise at least. ;)

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