I’ve never really been into spectator sports, unless of course it involves watching my 5-year old son in Toluca Baseball and praying that he stops playing in the dirt. I love going to see the Dodgers, but if they suddenly closed the concessions stands and I couldn’t wolf down a Dodger Dog, I probably wouldn’t fork out the 50 bucks. And although I love his enthusiasm, I just don’t see my husband’s attraction of yelling at our tv on Sundays at a bunch of helmet heads who obviously can’t hear him all the way in Florida. Are these big guys really going to move faster with my husband is calling them a tool?
This week he’s is trying to lure the whole family into watching the Summer Olympics. Tom is gushing about his respect and amazement over the physical feats of these athletes who have been training for their sport even before they grunted their way through the birth canal. I’m enjoying bits and pieces, while my daughter Mary is learning the lingo about gymnastics (They didn’t stick it!) and coaching me on the athletes’ names, countries and probable endorsement deals.
All this hype has persuaded the YouTube MomPulse channel to ask the question: “What would be in the Mom Olympics?” So in honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics, I have proposed:
12 Categories for the Mom Olympics:
#1 Fastest sun block application
You earn extra points if your kid is crying, but lose points if he’s crying because you squirted sunblock in his eyes.
#2 Shotput toys from the living room back into the bedroom
You lose points if you happen to hit a kid or dog walking by.
#3 Synchronized teeth brushing
SpongeBob toothpaste is allowed.
#4 Fastest sprint to save your child from entering the street
Most moms would beat any Olympiad’s Gold Medal record in this competition.
#5 Hosting the largest slumber party without committing homicide or suicide
Extra points if your guests are particularly high maintenance.
#6 Judged by distance, time and amount, how many groceries can you carry from the minivan to the house?
Extra points for using your own reusable bags. Not because it’s a more difficult skill; Mom Olympics should be environmentally friendly.
#7 Hurdling over dogs to answer the phone
Don’t you hate when you waste all that energy just to get a telemarketer?
#8 Most patience while teaching your teenager to drive
See #5 above. The homicide or suicide rule applies to this event as well.
#9 Standing high jump while trying to dust the top book shelf
For the Dad Olympics, they use a footstool. Or rather, they tell their wife to use a footstool.
#10 Driving the most stressful car pool without flipping anyone off or using the wrong 4-letter words
Extra points if you have to listen to the same Glee song over and over.
#11 Creating the cheapest edible meal for a family of 5
I wanted to post a picture of an off-brand macaroni and cheese made with nonfat dry milk and Butterbuds, but then I’d have to eat it, which would violate the second part of Rule #5. It would be inedible and might create inadvertent suicide.
#12 Triple jump homework help
This is harder as your kids get older and start taking calculus. Unless you majored in math, which is unlikely for most moms. What a shame.
It’s too bad I didn’t have time to book a flight to London this year, but I hope to see you all in 4 years in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Mom Olympics.
That’s “Cheerio!” in Portuguese.
To view my Mom Olympics vlog click the link below: