01.23.2012 Saucer Speed

“Going for a new amateur recreational saucer sled land speed record, [Saarah Chayah Callow]”

Yesterday, while it was cold, was the perfect day for sledding. With the temperature, taking the windchill into account, hovering around -18, we got all bundled up, each wearing no less than 247 layers. Okay, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but watching Saarah walk with so many clothes on is a bit like Randy in “A Christmas Story”. The feeling of cold was intensified, as I had just been watching a cycling race taking place in Australia, where it’s been between 30 and 40 degrees. There were shots of people is outside in shorts and t-shirts, drinking beer on pub patios and I must admit that I was slightly jealous.

So after spending 30 minutes putting on clothes, we headed out the door. We all had lots of fun, rocketing down this hill, Saarah on her saucer, and Tevye on his crazy carpet. We only picked up the crazy carpet for Tevye on the way out, so there was a bit of a learning curve. Can anyone explain to me why it would seem like a good idea for children, when flying down a hill, to perpetually let go of the handles? Each time they’d let go, and then put their hands on the ground, they would inevitably flip over(Saarah would laugh, but Tevye, well let’s just say that he didn’t derive the same level of enjoyment from the experience).

As you can see, Tevye didn’t always make it very far before ending up sliding down on his bum, with his sliding apparatus progressing down the hill at a much higher rate of speed without him on top. We tried endlessly to convince him to try out Saarah’s saucer(he’s been fine using it for the past year), saying that perhaps he’d find it faster/easier/better, but he was going to have none of it. Fine, Tevye. Enjoy your sore bum.

Sometimes there’s just no reasoning with four year old boys.

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