What happens when your Mom and Grandpa get completely crazed / consumed / obsessed with something for six straight months where everything in their lives revolves around that one thing? Run Run Run diet training shoes times map app run run distance pace map my run sweat run hot run cold jalapenos wind dairy pounds motivation blogs texts shirts professionals longer faster off day good day you can do it run run run. I'll tell you what happens: The kids who have been listening all along, decide that they want to join in the fun!
Archer joined cross country as part of JAMS 6th grade / middle school. Parents and grandparents are now cheering him and his team on at their weekly meets. Run fun run fun fun. So now there is one more person to join the conversations on runs, race strategy and planning, shoes etc. He ran a 9:53 last night at their meet and had a very strong finish. (I think partly because we scared him when we started yelling/screaming at him, that he was trying to get away from us.)
Shelly has let us know in no uncertain terms that she is disappointed with her Mom and Bampa for not including her in our run outings. I mean, how long is a kid supposed to listen to the adults talk about their fun before they get to join in? One day she ran over a quarter mile with us in just socks, no shoes, trying to join our fun. We sent her home and then felt badly about it for the rest of our 5 mile run. So tomorrow, we start a family run that includes Shelly and hopefully, we will make that a regular fun run outing too.
Moral of the story: If you want to keep the fun to yourselves, don't talk about it in front of the children.
Thanks for the guest post, Bampa! All I'll add is - my heart swells with pride and joy when my son talks about how sore he is, how he encouraged someone at practice today, when I see him pushing so hard to get to that finish line and then as he gets closer he pushes even HARDER. GO ARCHER!!!
AND Come on Shelly! I can't wait to run with you!