Trek Women
August 12, 2008

The Other Olympics

Dscn1493 If I was a better photog, my picture of Will would not be so dark but anyway; Saturday and Sunday my grandson Will, "my bicycle riding buddy", was being featured in his own Olympics of sort.  It was the County Swim Meet for all the local cities in the area.  Will, who is now 7 years old, did such a good job grabbing a 2nd and 3rd place in his events.  I was so pleased that he called me on his own and ask that I come to watch him swim.   I think my grandchildren are always quick to call me because they know that I am a great "Cheerleader".  I cherish all their accomplishments and live out the events vicariously through them.

Here was my Ahhhh Moment.... and it was quite significant to me.  With all my challenges that I have experienced this summer, it seemed that every time I faced a hill, or whatever, I would be so scared beyond words, and could do nothing but just take a giant leap forward, swallowed hard and just jumped ahead.  As I stood at the end of this Olympic pool, ready to take my photos and saw sweet little Will standing at the other end on the starting block, I had an Epiphany.  I was thinking he never had a chance to swim in a pool this big before.  I know what he must be feeling, because it's such a long was to the other end.   The buzzer went off and before I had a chance to blink, he was in the water and sailing with his "Free Style" as fast as lighting. (it seemed)  He wasn't afraid, this little guy has always had so much confidence and that has been instilled my his parents.  He has tried many sports, many of which he enjoyed more than others.  He has been brought up with the mindset that you give everything a try.  He has inspired me.  I can't wait to tell him that.  He tries, he gives it his best and at the end of the day he feels good about the experience.  Let me just say one more thing.  Will loves the "gear" whatever the sport, and I think he gets that from me and I got that from my Dad.  It gives us just one more thing in common.

Come Ride With Me.   

Comments

Yay Will!!!

Posted by: Laura | Aug 13, 2008 9:01:02 AM

What a right of passage, to gather strength and inspiration from a 7 year old. It a good life.
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Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Aug 13, 2008 9:13:30 AM

Aww . . .

How sweet is this? Thanks so much!

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Posted by: Gina | Aug 18, 2008 12:25:22 AM

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