Learning to Fly
June 4, 2012
I don’t think that I have mentioned it here, but my four younger kids are on a track team.
It has been such a great experience, which I am sure is due in a large part to the coaches.
My 13 year old son did track in middle school this year, so he already had a little bit of experience and knew what to expect. But the other kids were pretty clueless, I mean running around a track a couple times doesn’t seem that intense. But it is. Even my 13 year old quickly realized that this was not at all the same as middle school track.
The first week my daughter cried on the way home every day. It was “too hard.” She was “too slow.” It was “so tiring.” But every practice day she was dressed and ready to go.
If you saw her now you would never guess that she initially felt that way. It has been a great lesson in perseverance.
Aside from running they also participate in a couple different field events. Long jump is their favorite.
I love how his shirt says “FLY” on the front of it.
And of course I have a million photos of them doing it because it is the easiest to photograph. Running around a track doesn’t produce very many interesting photos. Not that it stops me from taking them.
If you want to be humbled, try doing the long jump yourself. Or not. Save yourself the humiliation.
I’m not even sure how someone who is only 49″ tall can jump 11 feet. It doesn’t seem like it would be possible.