Update: There were photographs after all!! The FYG went out and took some and I don’t think the Boy realized it. Adding them below.
This week my husband dragged home an old telephone pole that the county had discarded.
The Boy decided the Little Boys needed to stretch their limbs after a week of school and life in a second story apartment, so he set up an obstacle course for them outside. He then ran them through it while he stayed beside them every step of the way to supervise.
The obstacle course required that the children:
1. Run 75 feet
For this stage of the obstacle course, the goal was mainly to give the boy time to get to the next station, but it is true they can use all the practice climbing and scrambling they can get. They are kind of awkward at a lot of it.
6. He laid a ladder across our pond and the boys had to go across the pond on the ladder (on foot, or crawling, their choice), while rocks splashed in the water all around them.
7. They had to hit a croquet ball with the mallet and get it to go through two hoops.
Before they began the obstacle course, he walked them through it, calling each of the obstacles a station. They had about 20 minutes they could spend practicing at any station (somebody has been reading The Hunger Games, why yes, he has).
The Boy timed them. The shortest time was 58 seconds, and the longest was 6 minutes and 38 seconds- both Blynken’s scores.
The Boy gave a quarter to the first place winner each time (they ran the course at least 8 times each). Nod won more often, because Blynken kept falling off the ropes (during practice sessions, he chose to stay by the gun, while Nod practiced the ropes).
They had a grand time, except that at the end, Blynken, all socialist like, thought that the Boy should just give him more quarters when the game was over because he did not have as many as Nod. The Boy is not a socialist, so he said no, scoffing at that nonsense with all the scorn a 15 year old competitive boy can muster. I think that probably will have a more salutatory effect on the child than all the economic lectures I can give. He spoiled the effect later when I told him I was proud of him by saying “Does that mean you’ll pay me back the quarters I gave them?” No, because I wouldn’t have chosen money for a prize.
I would love to share photographs, but I didn’t find out about it until it was all over and the Boy had already put everything away.
Did you read that, internet world? The obstacle course is amazing, of course, and his hyung to the dongsaengs role with the boys warms the cockles of my heart, but I think all the Moms on the intertubes were impressed at the same thing that put an even bigger smile on my face.
The Boy, all kindly big brother like, not only laid out this awesome obstacle course to entertain the little boys, he put everything away when they were done.