When my daughter Madeleine was born 10 years ago, my time at the race track slackened off quite a bit. Having a kid changes the time & money equation. With my ITB Alfetta in a pretty sad state, I maintained my competition license for a couple of years by renting FVs, but racing twice a year to retain the right to be slow didn't seem like all that great a plan, so I let my competition license go and focused on tech inspection.
I pulled back on tech a bit too; for some years I've been working just enough to maintain my National license, and not much more. This generally involved being chief of tech for MoHud and NYR dates at Lime Rock, and working a couple of other days if I needed to in order to make my 8 days of participation.
The situation has, rather unexpectedly, changed a bit starting in late July of this year.
Because I was on a vacation for the first NYR SCCA race of the year (the Mosport national in late June), I was going to have to work a bit more at other region's races to make my renewal requirements, so I decided to work the second day (saturday) of the NNJR national on the 27th of July. Knowing that my wife might want a little break, I offered to take Madeleine with me, knowing that I wouldn't be chief of tech and thus could skip out if need be to focus on keeping the 10 year old amused (she has always liked the notion of going to the track, but lacked the focus and sustained interest to want to stay there all day.)
So I called up Topeka and had a Regional Scrutineering license added to her membership, and took her down way early on Saturday morning (registration opens at 7, and i live about 1:20 away.)
I was quite astonished at the result. She actually liked being in tech, hanging out and helping in post race impound. She liked it enough that when Karl Iochum, scheduled to chief tech at the Pocono Double National a couple of weeks later, invited us down, she very much wanted to go, rather more than I did (I'm not a tremendous fan of the facility at Pocono).
So she got home from her final 2 weeks stint at girl scout camp, washed a weekend's worth of clothes, and we headed down on the nearly 4 hour drive.
Without going into too much detail, I will say that Pocono is a better place than it was the last time I was down there (which was before they replaced the garages); the new garages have roofs that don't leak and the floors are higher than the surrounding pavement, making them a lot dryer (important at Pocono), and the track staff is much nicer to deal with now than they were 10 or so years back. It is, however, Pocono, and dry, sunny days are not the norm (although Saturday was actually very nice, if a bit chilly.) There were other kids in tech, all trying to be helpful, and the presence of a number of them allowed them to keep each other amused during the slow stretches.
Since then, Madeleine has gone with me on a trip to a shop to inspect a new Showroom Stock Miata (like a Spec Miata, but more restricted, a NEDiv variant on the SM concept) and issue the new logbook, and is looking forward to working at the NARRCOffs in late September at Lime Rock -- where i'll be chief of tech. she really seems to want to be a tech inspector.