Typically, I’m the last one in on an internet meme or sensation. As full proof of that, I’m still not entirely sure what Gangnam Style is (except that it’s Korean and my son loves it).
I’ll admit that I’ve heard a little bit about this “ice bucket challenge” but only enough to know that it’s meant to raise awareness on the internet for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. As a classically trained skeptic, I wasn’t sure that pouring a bucket of ice water over my head would really make anyone learn more about ALS any more than posting my bra color on Facebook would do anything in the name of breast cancer.
But when my neighbor Siobhan posted her ice bucket challenge video yesterday and said she was still making a donation even though she accepted the challenge, I thought it was something I could get on board with. And mainly, I had too. Because she challenged me. She challenged me and her son challenged my son. And I’m not one to back down from a challenge.
We did it though. And captured it all on video, just for you.
(And if you’re tired of watching these videos, I strongly encourage you to at least start at the 1:59 mark for the slo-mo replay. Turns out, there’s a monster living inside me.)
As for the challenge part of these, I’d like to throw down the gauntlet for some of my favorite bloggers:
Melissa from Blog Clarity
Erin from A Parenting Production
Andrea from Just is a Four Letter Word
Gina from Kids Unplugged
Stay tuned to see if they’ll put up or pay up!
And ONE MORE THING…
If you’ve already completed the challenge and have video proof, leave a link in the comments below. For every person who leaves their video link, I’ll donate an additional dollar to ALS on your behalf!
If you want to learn more about ALS, I encourage you to visit ALSA.org and read about all the people who are officially supporting them in the name of the Ice Bucket Challenge. And if you think a silly little challenge can’t make a difference, you’re wrong! Read this piece in the NY Times about how the trend got started.