Crossing one off on my bucket list
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2013
I had a dream. And it involved me getting into a big, bulky costume for two hours and sweating off five pounds.
Perhaps I should explain.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a mascot for a day. This was on my bucket list before I even had a bucket list! I’m not sure exactly when or where this idea came about, but I vaguely remember a furry animal dressed in red. And my four years watching Jack the Jackrabbit at SDSU football games only furthered my interest in the matter.
Who doesn’t like mascots? They get the crowd’s energy going, they’re silly and fun to watch. They play instruments, dance and throw popcorn into the crowd. They give high-fives, hugs and pose for pictures. Mascots are great.
So when my dad told me about participating in Safety Day at Hermosa School and asked if I would help him, that sounded fun. But when he told me he may bring Smokey the Bear along with, that sounded like more fun.
“Do you need someone to be Smokey?” I coyly asked him.
“Well, I’ve asked for some volunteers at work, but — ”
“I’ll do it! I’d love to do it! I’ve always wanted to be a mascot. Please, please!” I yelled in one breath. “Do I have to audition? You know I never played with matches. Or started wildfires!”
Perseverance is how I was able to cross my number one to do off my bucket list. Well, that and knowing the safety officer at the Forest Service.
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