Ryan(9) has been competitive since birth.
He picks up games very easily and is already beating the entire family at any video game, Monopoly, Sequence and occasionally poker.
He is also very interested in any sort of medal, trophy and prize.
When he heard about world records, he was very interested and immediately tried to decide which one he was going to break.
Someone at school brought a recent Guinness Book of World Records to class. Ryan must have poured over it at lunch and recess because he is well versed in details about the world’s fattest man, the longest domino run and how many times someone can flip a quarter in a minute….Ryan is pretty sure that he has already broken this record.
Tonight at dinner he was telling his brothers about how there is someone in the book that eats metal. He eats metal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He even ate a refrigerator!
His brothers were very impressed with his knowledge. I mean we are talking about a man who ate a fridge!
I remembered seeing a very old copy of the Guinness Book of World Records in our bookcase when I recently reorganized. I went out and found it. It was a 1976 copy that had belonged to my husband. The cover was torn off and it was dog-eared, bookmarked, and had multiple pages with turned down corners.
It was a book much loved and it had suffered for it.
I brought it to Ryan and he accepted it with excitement. He noticed the date and said he was going to read through and find the records that have been broken since it was printed.
He and his brothers sat down and studied the pictures.
The fattest twins riding on motorcycles.
The smallest lady standing on a table.
The man who laid on a bed of nails.
It is a very magical book.
I turned to blog-Stedman and asked, “How old were you in 1976?”