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Fierce Competition

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Friday marked the beginning of our AWANA Grand Prix years. Our young competitor decided on the theme for his car. Care to take a guess at what it was? Star Wars-related, you say? No, it was far more obscure — don’t try to put him in a box.

I’ll give you a hint:

Folks, that’s the Blue Cheetah you’re looking at there. Huh?  Yeah, that’s what I said, but I think it had something to do with cheetahs being fast [thank you, Wild Kratts] and him liking the color blue. Sounds good to me! So, he drew up some plans for his dad (who did a great job transforming the block of wood I brought home to him), I painted the blue basecoat (in the interest of time, this being the last-minute and all), and the boy added the spots. Go team!

Unfortunately, Blue Cheetah did not live up to its namesake; never did completely cross the finish line. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the kid handled his disappointment, but it became increasingly difficult after several [increasingly humiliating] heats, especially once we started getting past bedtime. Still, it was pretty fun and we’ve definitely learned a few new tricks for next year. Luckily, if the parental half of the team has forgotten them, I don’t think the boy will: he’s been after us to grease the wheels on the family car all weekend to increase our pickup. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.


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