Tuesday, July 3, 2007

in which the lamb is a bear



The not-so-woolly lamb is in a race, actually, two races: downhill slalom and Moguls.
He is representing his little suburban Public primary school, in its inaugural appearance in the Interschool Ski Races

Today I felt a little apprehensive about this fact, when I saw the race teams from The Kings Scool and Tudor House go by. They looked like a demonstration event at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics: they all had lycra race pants and the school name on their matching outfits. Their coaches all had accents. Not Australian ones.

The woolly lamb watched them pass. We have a scruffy old club coach with a voice like gravel, lives on the Snowy River and talks like Steve Irwin. I looked at the little lamb in his little yellow coat, probably more interested in playing snow-dinosaurs and throwing snowballs. I asked him if he was nervous.
He said: "I am an Armoured Bear. I might come last, but I won't fall over."

Lets just see how he goes. I'm hoping for unbroken bones, bugger a place in the race.

If Ganching is reading this, she might consider a novena for the cause, or a quick appeal to the patron saint of Hopeless Cases. Everything will help.

The weather is very changeable. here is yesterday, not sunny like today. But very evocative.

10 comments:

ThirdCat said...

the woolly lamb rocks...may his bones stay as they are (and that photo of him from the other day is one of the most gorgeous things I've seen on this here internet)

jane said...

Go bear! I'm impressed that he can even stand up on the bloody things.

meggie said...

Armoured Bear. Go, but be safe- as your mother says, Bugger a place!

riseoutofme said...

Gladiator in training ...

meli said...

does he mean the armoured bears in phillip pulman's 'northern lights'? (or 'the golden compass', whatever they are calling it these days.) they are very wonderful and very strong.

Isabelle said...

Hope no bones were broken!

rackorf said...

The Armoured Bear deserves to win with that attitude. Good on him.

ganching said...

There is a prayer winging its way to St Jude right this minute.

fifi said...

yes meli, he is being iorek birnison the armoured bear from Northern Lights. I knew you'd know that!
As I type he is practising. There is a massive snowstorm and huge amounts of lovely snow but not much in the way of visibility.I think he is off the hook for the Mogul race, because it is too wild, but he is still up for the downhill tomorrow.
Thanks for all the nice comments, and the appeal to st jude. I'm sure he will complete the race wuth great bravery, if not speed.

Take care all!

Arcturus said...

So he's "The Man from Snowy River," just like in that movie.

What's the "not-so-woolly lamb" reference?