By Coma News Staff
It was not a grand opening for Sadie Cracker at the annual Valentine’s Day box-making (VBM) training camp for parents on Wednesday.
The first-day results for the mother of two elementary school-age boys was two discarded attempts at a Valentine’s box and a third torn to shreds in frustration.
“Last year, I swore on everything holy that this was the year my boys would have great boxes to hold the Valentine’s Day cards they get in class,” Cracker said. “But there’s still a lot of camp left to turn this around before game day.”
Cracker was the early favorite to win this year’s top box-making honors among Coma parents, due to her extensive off-season smack talking that got her suspended from the town’s Facebook page.
“I probably need a hobby,” Cracker said.
Meanwhile, Cindy Horncraft emerged surprisingly strong from the first day of training camp with a scale BB-8 card box complete with remote control.
“I knew that when I got to training camp it was going to be all about showing confidence and realism,” Horncraft said.
Coaches liked what they saw in Horncraft.
“She brought her A-game,” said Shane Darvish, a box-making coach. “Let’s hope she can stay healthy this year.”
Horncraft suffered a season-ending torn ACL during last year’s camp while trying to speed cut a hole in a shoe box.
Another standout at this year’s camp was Marlee Bumgartener, who’s switching sports after ranking second in last year’s Halloween costume-making competition.
“I believe I can do it,” Bumgartener said of making the switch just before VBM camp. “It’s just going to take a lot of hard work and focus. I’m going to start by pretending they’re just box-shaped costumes and go from there.”