Our Sweetie has been asking for months to do the "Milk Challenge".
"Milk Challenge" is an age old dare to see if you can
drink a gallon of milk within an hour and keep everything down (i.e. not throw
up) for 20 minutes. My brother Spencer tried it when we lived in
Virginia. And he almost made it. 2 cups were left in the bottom of
the gallon when he called it quits. He never threw up, but he felt
sick for several hours after.
Spencer's experience did nothing to dampen Our Sweetie's enthusiasm to try it for
himself. In fact, it only added fuel to the fire.
Because we all know that Our Sweetie is known for his
"bottomless stomach". He even beats out his Dad on the amount of milk he consumes. Surely he could finish an entire gallon by
I thought this would make a fantastic science experiment - as long as Our
Sweetie agreed to be the guinea pig. So on our last trip to California,
we set him up with his own gallon of milk on the back deck, started
the time and Our Sweetie started chugging.
had cautioned him several times that this whole experiment
was up to him. He knew the risks. He knew what had happened to his
uncle. I urged him to listen to his gut (literally) and we could call it
off at any time.
assured me he'd be just fine. He would be the first human being EVER
to successfully complete the "Milk Challenge".
3 full glasses into the experiment, Our Sweetie put down the cup, looked at
me and said,
"Mom, I have a bad feeling about this."
do? Do you feel sick?"
"Kind of. I feel really full. But I also
keep having this feeling like I shouldn't do this."
yeah? Well, what are you going to do?" (mentally I'm ecstatic
"I'm stopping. It feels better."
not sure if his gut instinct were stomach pains or the promptings of the Holy
Ghost. Either way, it was a fantastic experiment and a very
positive lesson for Our Sweetie.