Slice of Life Day 1
This was our first pinewood derby experience and we had no expectations going into the night. Our breaths were held the night before hoping that his car would pass weight and inspection. The car met both requirements… phew! Despite my husband’s hands being coated in graphite, it was a success.
We arrived early as I was the keeper of the snacks and my husband was volunteered, by me, to help assemble the track! Again, I held my breath hoping I bought enough snacks to feed a room filled with hungry elementary AND middle school boys! Many of them were either accompanied by only their dad or dropped off without the supervision of a mom saying, “You have had enough! Stop eating all the snacks!” I watched as the chips, cookies, and juice pouches were consumed at an alarming rate! It brought me so much joy though to see the boys get to eat, talk, and enjoy each other’s company, finally, together!
Then on to the main event! The derby race! The boys cheered their cars and their friends’ cars so excited to see whose car would race across the finish line first. There was fist pumping, oh yeahs, celebrating, and many pats on the back! Sheer joy and excitement for themselves and each other!
It was a night to remember and we came home with not 1, or 2, but 3 trophies! 2nd place in the Junior Division, Most Original car design, and 3rd place in the sibling race for his little sister! The trophies were an added bonus! Now on to the district derby event and what I foresee to be many more pinewood derby races in the years to come!