Mama Diaries

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Challenge Gone Wrong

My twelve-year-old son walked in the house yesterday, completely drenched.


"What happened to you?" I asked.


"I did the water bottle challenge," he answered.


"The what?" I couldn't wait to hear what this was all about.


"My friend challenged me to put a water bottle on my head, with the cap loose. Then I had to ride my bike."


"You rode your bike with an open water bottle on your head?" I couldn't believe it.


"Yeah. It stayed on for about two seconds, and then fell off, and the water spilled all over me."


I shook my head. "Dude. Did it ever occur to you, that it's pretty much impossible to ride a bike and keep anything but a helmet on your head? And why didn't you try this trick with the cap securely fastened?"


He looked at me funny. "Why would I do that? It wouldn't be much of a challenge if the cap was on. The fun is getting wet."


Oh. Right. Of course.
  

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  1. They do like getting wet. That's why they jump in puddles.
    Have him try the Mentos in a Coke bottle trick on his head!

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  2. Hi, dear Sherry!

    Bubba's right. Getting wet for no good reason other than to have fun is a guy thing. My friends and I used to challenge each other all the time. One of the dumbest things I ever did on my bike was to pretend that I was a daredevil like Evel Knievel. I saw a large dirt pile on an empty lot and envisioned it as a ramp. I saw myself sailing through the air and imagined how much fun that would be. I never gave any thought to the landing part of the scenario. I rode my bike toward the ramp as fast as I could, ran up the ramp, went airborne and crashed to the ground on the other side, breaking my bike and covering myself with scrapes, bumps and bruises. It was a stupid stunt, but I did it, and to this day... I'm proud. :)

    Thank you for leaving birthday greetings for 104 year old Margaret, dear Sherry. Margaret and daughter Kathleen both appreciate your kind words and Kathleen will be leaving a personal reply for you as time permits. :)

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    1. I'm glad you didn't get hurt too badly. I've seen kids do that, and the result was a broken bone.

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  3. Well, of course that's the fun. He couldn't pass up a challenge like that.

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  4. He needed to see how long he could go before he got wet

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    1. That was the real challenge. He probably wanted to set a world record.

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  5. He has such wonderful adventures--I hope you have all these stories collected for when he's grown.

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    1. They're collected here. I was thinking to eventually make a blog-to-book. Not sure how that works, but I'll do some research on it.

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  6. Bubba is funny and it's true, what is the point if he doesn't get wet...lol... xox

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    1. Right. It wouldn't be fun if he stayed dry.

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  7. They do enjoy laughing at each other, also. ;)

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  8. What fun! I'm gonna try that next time I get on my bike. When did we stop doing silly things like that? I reckon we should all try it; find that inner child again :) Great post, Sherry. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I think Bubba would die laughing if he saw me do that!

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  9. Isn't it funny when we Mom's don't guess where the fun is? That's such a cute story.

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  10. at least he didn't use any of dad's booze

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    1. He would have been in big trouble for that!

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  11. Thanks for a story that brought a smile to my face.
    Yvonne.

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  12. Uh yeah... That so sounds like something a 12-year-old would do.

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  13. In the end it all makes perfect sense.

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  14. How fun! I wonder what he challenged his friend to do back.

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    1. Haha! That's a good question! I should ask.

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  15. I love it and oh so true...where would be the challenge otherwise.

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  16. A least it was just a bottle and not, lets say, a goldfish bowl with its resident goldfish in it.

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  17. Thank Bubba for making me smile. Oh, to be a kid again would be wonderful. :-)

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    1. Haha! Yes. If we adults tried these stunts, we'd be institutionalized!

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  18. He has a great point. It sounds like it's fun for him.

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  19. Of course, the fun is all in the uncapped bottle sloshing down!

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    1. I have to wonder how long the bottle stayed on his head.

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  20. At least he knows it's all in good fun. I don't think getting an entire bottle of water dumped on me while riding a bike is fun, but hey, we all have our ideas of a good time.

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    1. It would be fun if it was 100 degrees, and you were super-sweaty.

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  21. LOL. It's a good thing no one ever dares me to do a challenge like that. I doubt I'd view the results as optimistically as Bubba! XD

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  22. Kids do love to get wet and this sounds like a good excuse for being drenched. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I'm sure it's also a lot of fun to see what kind of reaction I will have.

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  23. LOL! That would remind me of something my brother would have done years ago!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. I guess I probably could have done something like that with my brother, too.

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  24. The thing I always did was to get the friend to do it first.

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