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Benjamin’s Need for Speed June 21, 2008

Posted by Laura in Family.

About a year ago, Benjamin began asking if he could get a go-cart. “Ahh, hmmmm… have you done your chores yet today?” was a pretty typical response to start with. We sorta hoped the interest would pass. They are expensive, can be dangerous, we don’t really have a place to put one, and a bunch more reasons we could come up with topped our list of why Joe and I weren’t too hot about the idea. But his interest continued and so did the question. We finally said he could save his money and buy one.

Each time we went to a store that sold them, Benjamin checked all the prices and lamented about how long it would take him to save for one. He tried to convince Rachel that she really wanted one too and that she should save her money also. She flip-flopped about it as other things caught her fancy.

I’ve mentioned in the past that we live in a pretty wonderful community. Our neighbors, fellow church members, friends from our homeschool groups, and so on are just really kind people on the whole. We feel so blessed to live in such a great place.

Out of the blue, one of our friends stopped us after church last week and asked if we wanted their go-cart. Not did we want to buy it- did we just want to come get it for free? Her daughter had just gotten a 4-wheeler and they didn’t have room for or need both. The go-cart had been given to them and they wanted to pass it along. The sister-in-law that had given it to them 6 months prior had received it as a gift for her children from other church members when her husband passed away. That is the kind of church we go to.

So, after all that longing, Benjamin was looking at exactly what he wanted at no cost to him. Needless to say, he was overjoyed.

So, with strict rules about where he can put the pedal to the metal, always wearing a seatbelt and helmet, etc., he is tearing it up. After 3 days, I had to put the brakes on laps around the house since the grass was rapidly disappearing, but he’s found plenty of other places to ride on 24 acres.

Rachel enjoys riding (always with a strong grip on the frame), but she isn’t tall enough to drive it yet. She’s good for about 15 minutes, then she’s had enough. Lydia is terrified of all things with engines, so she stays safely on the porch while he rides. The cats will skip a meal rather than cross his path. Unfortunately, the chickens aren’t much phased- they still hang around the house and lounge on the porch.

Sorry friends and neighbors- I doubt there will be any life left in this go-cart to pass it along after Benjamin is finished with it!



1. Becky - June 23, 2008

Looks like a lot of fun at the right price. What a wonderful gift for B & R. I can’t wait to see them ride it.

You’re so right. You do live in a wonderful place with a wonderful church family. Isn’t God good?

2. Becky - June 23, 2008

I just took a closer look at the picture of B & R on the go-cart. It must be an English go-cart……the steering wheel is on the right side.
Does B drive on the wrong side of the circle track around the house?

3. Laura - June 23, 2008

You know, I hadn’t even noticed that, but you are right. It’s a Murray brand I think and they’re American, so I wonder why the steering wheel is on the right. That’s odd.

As to your previous comment- God is SO good! He has blessed us in more ways than we can count.

Looking forward to seeing lots more of you next year too!

4. Dreamer - June 23, 2008

Yeah, Benjamin! Have fun speeding around.

5. Marci - June 24, 2008

The grin on his face says it all!!!!

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