The Gallon Challenge

I’ve been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for going on five years now, and over that time I’ve had the pleasure to get to know B.  The first time we met, she had just turned 10 and hid in the bedroom when I came over.  Now, she is a 14-year-old young woman that I am very proud to call my sister and friend.

B gets a lot of attention for being pretty, but she is so much more than that.  She is hilarious, smart, compassionate, and a great worker.  I have to make sure my house is picked up before she comes over so that she doesn’t start cleaning.  She is great with kids, loves my dogs, makes a mean dinner, and is becoming an important part of the cross country team.

But for all her good qualities, she sometimes lacks common sense.

B lived with us for a few weeks this summer, during which we told her about a little thing called the Gallon Challenge.  Heard of it?  The basic premise is to drink a gallon of milk within an hour without vomiting.

It’s not impossible, but it’s pretty close.  B thought we were being ridiculous.  She was very confident that she could complete the Gallon Challenge.  We told her she couldn’t.  She didn’t believe us.  Each time I’ve seen her since she moved back home, she has asked when she can attempt The Challenge.  If she won, she got a pet donkey (long story there).

Monday was that day.

She started off pretty good- about 2 glasses down in the first 10 minutes.

Things went downhill from there.  She started feeling a little icky.

She told us we weren’t going to heaven.

About 1/3 of the gallon in, the Gallon Challenge was complete as she puked on the hill.  Mark and I stood on our porch, watching and laughing.

Some of you have told us we are going to make great parents- do you still think that?



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7 responses to “The Gallon Challenge

  1. This is why you’re going to make great parents. Great parents let their kids make mistakes (as long as nobody gets hurt) and turn them into learning experiences. What is the learning experience out of this? If it sounds stupid initially, it probably is. What a great way for you to teach a teenager that! It’s a heck of a lot better than learning what a dumb idea drinking and driving is firsthand.

    Just do me a favor and don’t tell her about the cinnamon dragon challenge. (If you don’t know what the cinnamon dragon is, I suggest YouTube.)

    • justjames44

      hahahaha…the cinnamon challenge is next. She actually wanted to do that the same night but I said the limit was one throw-up challenge per night.

  2. Emily

    I whole heartedly still think you two will be great!!! Especially doing things like that!

  3. Love this story 🙂

    A slightly less messy challenge: Eat 6 Saltines in under a minute without a drink of water. Go!

  4. Aunt "T"

    Hey another thing you might teach her is if you lay in grass you may get chiggers.

  5. Leah

    That poor thing!! I’m sure your neighbors had lots of nice thoughts about you two standing outside laughing and photographing a minor puking lol No seriously this is great!!!

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