friday, february 12th, i attended my very last elementary school run for the money fundraiser. i made sure to get a picture with max and at least one of his friends, because those are usually my favorite photos. i was very tempted to gather together all of those fifth graders that were in max's kindergarten class back when they had their very first run for the money, six years ago. but, i thought i'd get some strange looks, so i decided against it.
the weather was perfect at 9:30 that morning when the second and fifth graders rushed through the cafeteria doors out onto the field, with the sound of michael jackson blasting through the speaker.
this year was a valentine's run and the students all got red shirts to wear. everyone that donated money to the students could sign the back of their shirts. i just wrote CARTER across the top of max's, since we donated the $25 that was required in order to get a pair of sunglasses. only, the glasses didn't arrive in time. that didn't stop anyone from having a great time though. running around the field and stopping at each of the four obstacle courses set up along the way. there were hula hoops to go through, hurdles to jump over, balancing balls to walk across and cones to zig zag through. at the end, there were bubbles and props set up to get your picture taken photo booth style.
max didn't zig zag through the cones, he jumped over them. even if he might have been told not to. and then told to do so again by his mom. i had to get a picture. and then this girl got in the way.