|The sun wasn't quite up yet. Sorry for the dark photo.|
I will spare you the 250 pictures Whim took of us from the rear and show just this one. It's a true glimpse into our morning.
M was not competitive. He walked and ran and meandered and explored. Sometimes as someone passed us by, I'd urge him on: "Let's go. Don't let them pass us!" But he didn't mind. It was good for me.
There will be other races for learning about drive and determination. This time we just had one goal.
|No broken bones. Clear to keep going!|
We made a deal ahead of time that we could run and we could walk, but we wouldn't quit, and I wouldn't carry him.
At one point he fell off a low garden wall (you can see it in the picture) and it threatened to do us in, but even through tears he said again and again that he didn't want to quit.
(He did ask to be carried a few times after that, but when I reminded him of our deal, he kept on trucking.)
I'm so proud of him. Even though it was a short race, it wasn't all easy.
|Proudly showing his medal. We can't wait for the next race.|
But it was totally worth it!