Running Our Buns Off

I’ve had the privilege to be the American Sign Language interpreter for two of the most adorable six-year-old deaf boys during summer school at McQuerry Elementary.  As their interpreter, I follow them to all of their classes from 8:00am-3:00pm Monday through Friday.  I sit right by them at their little table, so I’ve had a lot of interaction with six year olds lately.  It’s been really fun after games to hear kids say how they saw me on the dugout or the “giant awesome screen!”  This afternoon as we were finishing our rockets in Space Class, one of the biggest Royals fans in the class says, “Erica, did you see the game last night!  It was 11 innings, and we got the win!!!”  Brett’s talk of the extra innings reminded me it was time to write a blog!  Thanks for the reminder, Brett, and thanks for being such an excited Royals fan!!!!!!

As I’ve mentioned before, when we first get to the game, we report to our room to find out our responsibilities for the game.  Friday night was a big night for me.  My responsibilities included THE LIVE HOT DOG DERBY!!!  Despite the extreme heat and humidity, I could not wait to get in that hot dog suit! 

IMG_6245.JPGNow, normally I’m a Ketchup girl, however I just could not justify putting on ANY red in night one of our series with the Cardinals!!  Along with this thought in mind was the fact that my boyfriend LOVES Relish.  I mean, we all have our hot dog that we root for, but Ryan takes it to another level with his intense and passionate enthusiasm for Relish.  He screams for Relish at a volume that I’ve literally seen scare small children at games.  So with putting on the Relish suit, I wasn’t thinking that he’d be excited that I’d be running in the green for once, but rather, I knew I HAD to win.  I actually sent him a text that said, “I’m afraid that if I lose, you might break up with me.”  He wrote back, “Don’t make me make that decision.”

IMG_6249.JPGSo, I tried explaining the high stakes to my opponents, Ketchup and Mustard, aka Lauren and Megan Q., but neither of them had much concern with the fact that the future of my relationship was potentially pending upon the outcome of this Hot Dog Derby.  Lauren and Megan Q. were both also in this race to win it for their respective condiment!!  As we got ready, which was only successful with the awesome and dedicated help from Aaron, we were all talking a little hot dog smack.

IMG_6252.JPGThe photo to the left was obviously taken post-race.  We were all three dripping wet with sweat, and not just because it felt like a hundred degrees outside or because we were in giant hot dog suits, but because we literally ran as hard as we could and with some incredible intensity!!!!!!   I don’t know that there has ever been a race that all three hot dogs wanted to win so bad! 

And you will also notice that we’re all holding up a number one, because it was so close that no winner was determined!!!!  Ketchup, Mustard or Relish…no matter who you were rooting for Friday night, you can know that we gave it 100% and literally ran our buns off!!!!!

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…
-Erica

PS:  While no real winner was determined, Ryan later said, “I can’t believe my girlfriend just really ran incredibly hard in a hot dog race for me.  That’s awesome!”  So even though it wasn’t exactly a victory, I think he was able to RELISH in my extreme effort!

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