Friday, June 22, 2007

The Turtley-Awesomest thing I say today.

Yesterday was a gorgeous sunny day and it was also the 21st Annual Turtle Derby at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital. This is a joyful fundraiser held right on the hospital grounds. Pediatric patients, staff and friends gather to watch little turtles race in heat after heat to see who will be the fastest turtle of them all. The little turtles are sponsored by donations and the grand prize is pride!

Though it sounds like a day at the track, the event is aimed at celebration and fun for the children. Music, beads, clowns and balloons are all over the place. There is ice cream and prizes. Kids who cannot be outside get to watch it all on tv with special visitors and their own treats. Kids who can be outside get to party ‘til the turtles need to go home.

Of course all the kids are darling and some are clearly being treated for some illness. Your heart just goes out to them and as a grown up you well up with awe for their bravery! Can you imagine being so young and facing serious health struggles?

One darling girl was dancing about like it was 1999. (Does that line mean anything anymore?) She was full of joy and moving to the music. She had on some movie star sunglasses and was waving about some long, thick, curly movie star hair.

Though that hair did not belong to her naturally, she looked gorgeous. I fought the urge to go up to her, tell her that she looked fierce and then dance about with her for a bit. I decided to just let her mingle with the music.

“You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
Oooo see that girl, watch that scene, diggin’ the Dancing Queen”



vikki said...

I wish I could have been there!

I am a turtle convert. We took in our son's class turtle last week and I am completely smitten.

Missy said...

Oh turtles are so cute! How fun to have one to try out.

sarah george said...

i love the turtles! i don't think there is anything cuter than little turtles. okay, maybe dancing kids.

Mango-Tango said...

Hi Missy!

I am glad to see you r getting help from my blog. This blog is still in an infant stage. Would you like to help me improve it by suggesting me anything I should alter or add at

By the way, does that capillarse word sound cheap? If it does, please suggest me something better! Thanks a lot, keep coming!

And oh, I almost forgot...the turtles look really cute! I wish I could have one of them as pet ;-)

chandrabkavati said...

i love the turtle race.

Indeterminacy said...

Thank you for your comment at Indeterminacy (which I've answered) - I'll just repeat that I enjoyed paging through your blog. There's something cool about how you post digital impressions of things you've seen. It has something.

The Pirate of Selby Avenue said...

I saw the most non-sequitorious thing this morning: a woman wearing a shirt that read "FBI Jesus." What the hell does this mean? That Jesus is in FBI (when he's not riding a brontasaurus)?
Wait a minute, this could be the awesomest cop-buddy movie ever, starring Jesus Christ as a wizened FBI agent who's just a few weeks away from retirement who gets assigned with breaking in an uncoventional rookie agent who plays by his own rules. Wacky hijinks ensue. Can't wait to see it.

Altered Kat said...

Cute pic Missy! Thanks for sharin!...I'd have never seen it had you not popped by my blog the other day! I do hope you'll drop in again soon!

I know I'll be back for more interesting posts and cute pics...go red turtle! :D

B said...

[cute]est thing ever.