The drinking competition

After a triumphant morning of rugby, my younger son went to help out at the school fair.

As I was finishing my lunch, I got a text ‘I don’t feel well. Can you pick me up now?’

I dropped everything and went. Trying not to panic. But I’m a real worrier when it comes to illness. I had a lot of thoughts running through my head.

The first was – Please don’t let him be sick in my car.

He was going to a friend’s party later that day. What if he had to miss it?

It was also my daughter’s party later that day. What if either my husband or I had to miss that? My mum wouldn’t mind looking after my son if he had a headache or temperature, but she wouldn’t want to look after him if he was being sick.

Had he taken a knock to the head at rugby? Had he eaten something that disagreed with him at the school fair?

And then there he was. Walking down the road towards the car, smiling. He didn’t look ill. Had he been joking?

No, he’d been doing a drinking competition. Not alcohol of course, he’s 12 and it was a grammar school fair. Just water. Drinking really fast is one of my son’s special talents. One of the stalls was a competition to see who could drink water the fastest. And he could. As he’d demonstrated several times over.

Possibly slightly dehydrated from a rugby match in warmer weather, he had then consumed four cups of water very quickly, one after the other.

Then he’d felt sick.

He’d texted me, then gone to the toilet. Burped a bit. Taken a few deep breaths. And soon he felt perfectly fine.

If that’s what happens after drinking water really fast, this seemed like a good point to remind him that he must never use his ‘special skills’ with alcohol.



Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. That did make me chuckle. Let’s hope his drinking games don’t progress to drinking other things too quickly as he gets older!

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    • Quite! That’s what I hope! Hopefully he wouldn’t do it more than once.

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    • Thanks, I know, what an idiot! x

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    • He necked a big glass of Coke at a party once and apparently he went green! He thought he was going to be sick then too.

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  2. Happy to hear that your son was OK after the drinking competition. I’m guessing this isn’t an experience he’ll want to repeat.

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    • Thanks very much. I hope not!

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  3. hahaha! That did make me chuckle.
    What a strange competition to have….lol I’m glad he was OK and has learned his lesson. The silly so and so.

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    • Thanks very much! It was a stall organised by the kids themselves, perhaps not the best idea ever!

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    • Thanks very much! He has so many amazing skills, but he doesn’t often get the chance to show this particular one off!

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    • Thanks! What a silly boy! I hope it’s taught him not to do it with anything stronger than water.

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  4. Oh dear! I know it’s not what you want to hear but I suspect when he goes to uni a skill like that is going to serve him well 😉

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    • Thanks, that’s definitely what I’m dreading!

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  5. Ah bless him! God if he’s like this with water what’s he going to be like when he’s 18??? Have a really lovely Easter! x

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    • Thanks! I dread to think what he’ll be like when he’s older! Happy Easter to you too 🙂 x

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  6. LOL…I was worrying along with you as I read your post too! I can so relate to what you have written. Whenever I get a text from my older children, I worry too much. Luckily it’s water! My kids have had various “eating competitions”- I know they have done Milo and Nutella but honestly I don’t even want to know what they have eaten!

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    • So glad to hear I’m not the only one to worry about illness! YouTube has a lot to answer for! My kids tell me about eating things they’ve seen on there, but I don’t think they’ve ever tried themselves!

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