I don’t know about you, but since January 1, this year seems to be going by at a crazy rate. I am sure part of it is that there are more commitments for both of my kids. Enough that I have put the brakes on big time. I mull things over. I back-burner stuff. I am slow to commit. I don’t trust that my calendar is complete – that there isn’t stuff floating around that I forgot to write down. Important stuff that someone in my family is going to miss. And still time goes by at a crazy rate.
That is how come my youngest signed up for Relay for Life with 9 days to go this year. Last year, as co-leader of her Girl Scout troop, I was our Troop’s team captain. I was hooked to our team page for months, sending out daily emails, reporting our progress and upping our goal as we raised each dollar amount. This year the email came asking us to have a team. The dilemma – our girls are all going to Science Camp for 3 days with their class, arriving back home less than 24 hours before the Relay starts. I back-burnered. I mulled over. And suddenly we are here – 9 days out!
9 crazy busy days and the day of Relay itself holds work related dinner parties, birthday parties, and the promise of much-needed sleep, making it super easy to decide that we held off too long and cannot make the commitment…..
I drafted this when I registered my youngest for Relay for Life 10 days ago. Yesterday, we took to the track. She brought a friend who participated last year and together they rounded each corner, visited each booth, learned about risk factors for cancer, participated in a scavenger hunt, spoke to other walkers, handed out kazoos for our kazoo lap, and really had a blast. They also listened to stories from survivors and relatives of those who didn’t survive. They cheered the beginning of the event – the Survivors’ Walk. They remembered their own friends and family members who they have lost to cancer (and at age 11 each has more people to count than should be). And their presence raised money both for cancer research as well as the support of those living with cancer through donations made to the American Cancer Society.
Both girls were tired from camp. They were sad that we didn’t have the 15 other girls from our Girl Scout troop along with all of the friends and family that support each one of them. I was tired – had come extremely close to oversleeping for the event. I would have had a thousand other things I could have done with my day.
However, being there we remembered how powerful the event is. We were resolved in our promise to be back next year with more team members, more donations, and more fun things to do with this incredible group of people who donate so much of their time to making a difference. Relay for Life is such an incredibly rewarding way to get your kids involved in giving back to their community – get out there and find a team! It is an experience that will feed your family’s soul! Can’t wait for next year’s 24 hour walk.