We like traditions in our family. We have one for each and every holiday you can imagine as well as some holidays
we made up that aren’t as well known. For Mother’s Day, our tradition has always been to let me sleep in until I am awakened with a scrumptious surprise breakfast. (Of course this means that I pretend to sleep while wishing for a cup of coffee and listening to the sweet whispers and giggles of two little girls intertwined with the slamming of cupboard doors and laughter of their daddy.) That didn’t happen this year.
Instead I was awakened by Mimi gently shaking my shoulder and asking what time we were supposed to be there. I mumbled the answer and rolled back over. Mimi shook my shoulder again and said that I needed to get up because it was 6:30 and we were supposed to be there now.
We quickly dressed (I was pretty impressed that I managed to match my socks without having had any coffee!) and trudged up the hill to my neighbor’s house. As soon as everyone had arrived we piled in the cars and headed across the bridge into Seattle. For the second year in a row we were going to do the Color Run, which is billed as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet.”
We both started out clean and blindingly white. (When the heck did my baby girl get to be taller than me?) Mimi took off running with one of her friends at the starting line, while I hung back and walked with the mom crowd. At each kilometer there were about a dozen volunteers waiting to bombard us with brightly colored corn starch.
It probably seems like a strange things to do, yet it was SO much fun to spin around and get covered in color! (We won’t talk about how I was laughing at the blue station and ended up with Smurf Teeth!)
Of course, by the end of the run/walk we all looked like we had been attacked by a rainbow. Aren’t we bee-u-tee-full?
Now that we have done this two years in a row, it just might become our newest tradition. I can’t wait to do it again next year. Maybe, if we are lucky, it will be on Mother’s Day again. I had a such a great time with my darling daughter! Then, again, sleeping in really wasn’t a bad idea either…
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