The Pickle found a book at the library on pinewood derby racecars. His eyes lit up like he had no idea such wonderful things existed. He “read” the entire book, and then talked incessantly about building his own.

The Sweetie Pie, because he is a generous Papa, took the boys to the craft store and bought pinewood derby kits for each of them. There was painting and decals and lots of hammering. And then the Butter Bean made a ramp out of a cardboard box that started on his bed on the top bunk, and ended on the floor.

The races are on. Gentlemen, start your engines.

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