We can probably all agree that mothers in general are an amazing bunch, especially when you consider the things they give up for us. So when they take the time to do something for themselves it’s kind of heartening to see.
At least that’s how we feel about Karen Richards, of this season’s Amazing Race Canada (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CTV) duo of Karen and Bert Richards. Both parents left their son and daughter behind in order to compete on this chance-of-a-lifetime race, which probably has to be one of the hardest things ever. At least, Karen has said as much in her confessionals.
Which is why, on Tuesday night’s non-elimination leg, we were totally relieved that Karen and Bert didn’t go home, despite their last-place finish in Panama. It was, after all, Mother’s Day on the show, and giving up so much to go home on that meaningful date would have been too much.
Instead, Karen and Bert will stay to see another day in the race, and we can now compile a few lessons in motherhood as gleaned from the episode.
Mothers give up too
All mothers have breakdowns now and again, and they need to be forgiven for it. At the Road Block, Karen just could not find the ladies with the molas (a traditional garment) that she needed to track down in order to find her clue, and the pressure of the situation was beginning to weigh on her. In a tearful fit she contemplated giving up and taking a penalty, but was calmed down by Bert. He read the clue again with her, and while he wasn’t able to actually provide any help, his calm demeanour and patience were exactly what Karen needed to push on through and find her pattern.
Play to your strengths
Most moms can tell you what they’re good at, and subsequently what they’re definitely not good at. It comes from years of experience having to try to be everything to a child who constantly needs you. (That’s also why mom groups have strength in numbers — energy swaps are pretty key.) Karen is a prime example of that. Although she and Bert were the last to leave the Road Block, they played to their strengths in another challenge, when they had to follow the drummer of a marching band and perform a routine. Easy peasy for this couple, given the fact that music runs through their veins. They easily surpassed Adam and Andrea, who could not find their rhythm.
What can go wrong always will
From the moment any new mom (or dad) takes their babe home from the hospital, they can tell you that what can go wrong absolutely will. Whether it be a poop explosion, a toddler missing a nap during an integral time for you, or the child getting sick on their first birthday, stuff always goes wrong during the worst possible time. That’s when you know you really have to keep your cool.
That was the situation for Karen and Bert when they accidentally went to the wrong Panama sign at the end of Tuesday night’s episode, causing them to arrive at the Pit Stop (located at the other Panama sign) dead last. Still they didn’t give up hope, and this time it paid off in the form of a non-elimination leg.
No matter what, keep on going
Heading into next week the racers all have some tough roads ahead, but Bert and Karen will have to face an extra challenge as a result of their last-place finish. It’s then that one more mom lesson comes in handy: no matter what, keep on going. Things are always going to get hard, but if you can put your mind to it and maybe run into a little luck, things will work out in the end. Or at least until the next Pit Stop anyhow.
Happy mother’s day Karen. We hope it was memorable.