Sanguine husband entered us into a contest...not the first time nor the last time he has done that. The slogan that year was "what do you do in your Chevrolet?" We won the commercial for our region of the country. Number 5 child was only a baby and I am not a lens hound...just keep me in the background, thank-you. Filming crew, cameras, and an aerial camera, along with commercial ad representatives, exploded on our quiet cul-de-sac one fall day.
How did we win? This was the story and how we ALL got on television. We had a little Chevy pick-up, an S-10 to be exact. The kids had taken the water hose in the summer and filled up the bed of the truck with water...they wanted a pool and we didn't have one! They had so much fun acting like it was their new swimming pool.
My husband explained to the Chevrolet folks that we use our truck as a "car pool!"...literally!
THEY LOVED IT!!!
THEY LOVED IT!!!
The filming was in the fall....can we say not a good time to go swimming with small children. They, of course couldn't catch the scene in one shot. Teeth chattering, along with blue lips, didn't fool the audience into believing it was summer. So we emptied our 80 gallon solar system water heater into the plastic lined truck bed...happy children, blue lips gone... commercial finished.
The phone...(yes, we still had a home phone) rang off the hook the first night of the airing of the commercial across the state. Past-life baseball announcer for the Texas Longhorn baseball team for years, as well as Praise and Worship leader in our city for decades made my husband's voice more than recognizable in his birth city.
*No photos taken...I had a baby and was helping with the crew all day....the commercial is on a VHS tape.
*Now I did make it on the evening news one night...but that is another story for another day.
The Wright family has a file folder full of these "taking advantage of fun around us" stories. They have been extras on the TV show, Walker Texas Ranger, formed a tunnel for the Texas Rangers baseball players to run through and anything else their Dad could hear about or they discovered themselves...he trained them well. Tracking down the pianos in Austin, Texas was also one of those lifetime events.
With my Choleric personality, this stretches my comfort zone... yet later I am so glad I stepped outside my box. As I age, I am getting better about it and usually will encourage them to go try something.
This last month provided some "taking advantages of fun around us!" events and our number 3 son, Aaron David (who is Phlegmatic), was part of each history-making event.
|Taken from Aaron's phone - He also played his senior basketball game on the Mav's home court, before one of their home games.|
Aaron, along with over two-hundred thousand other fans, lined the streets of Dallas for the first-ever, NBA World Championship Victory Parade for the Mavs.
Later in the month, he also attended a Ranger's game that set a world record...
George W. Bush and Nolan Ryan help set a Guinness World record for the most sunglasses worn at night.
Aaron was there and kept his sunglasses.
Now, isn't life just too short to miss those "taking advantage of the fun around us!" events? It doesn't have to be an event that makes the papers or internet, but something that creates a story for everyone to tell and re-tell for years to come....the "do you remember when?" type of tales.
What "taking advantage of the fun around us" event have you been a part of lately?