When my nieces and nephews turn 13 our family give them a teenage challenge. It’s pretty simple. There are thirteen different tasks,chosen especially for them, which have to be completed before they turn 14. A whole range of things – catch a fish, play guitar in church, grow vegetables, cook dinner, write to the Prime Minister, enter an exhibit in a local show, read the New Testament…. and so on. Tasks that are supposed to be achievable, although some require a fair bit of effort and planning – it is a challenge after all!
So lo and behold at my birthday there was a different type of challenge. Presented by the whole family via a powerpoint. Not a teenage challenge but a forty year old challenge. And not with only 13 challenges but a total of 22. Good grief. Looks like I am in for a busy year.
So here they are.
Food related challenges
Eat an apple 5th July 2010
Make a caramel pie 8th January 2011
Make your own wine
Get your kids to cook dinner for you
Crochet a skimpy bikini for Aunty Sarah
Scrapbook your 40th birthday party
Publish a book
Ride a horse
Ride 250 kms on your bike
Climb Mt Warning
Catch a flathead
More Active Challenges
Do boot camp for a week
Swim 3 laps of the pool
Ride a surfboard – standing
Holiday related challenges
Organise a Burke family holiday
Go away for a weekend with Hamish
Play the piano in church
Get a letter published in the paper 30th June, 2010
Read the Ingo series 29th July, 2010
Get a photo of yourself as a stop/go person on a road crew Dress in an appropriate seasonal costume and accompany Sarah on the coffee van for a morning
Beat Naomi in the world globe game 9th July 2010
So…that’s the list. Some don’t look too bad but really … playing the piano in church! I think that should have been in the funny category. And organising the whole Burke family to have a holiday at the same time. Sure. Why would there be a problem to coordinate a teacher, two ministers, an off shore miner, students, self employed coffee van drivers, casual airport security workers and a farmer to all have a week off at the same time. And to agree on that week far enough in advance to actually book something!
And more importantly – do we want Aunty Sarah wearing a skimpy crocheted bikini. Because you know she will!!!
So for now I’m just going to contemplate the challenges and while I decide where to start it’s off to play the globe game…