Ever notice how something can trigger a memory, and it instantly transports you back to a different time? Sam and I both had this happen yesterday--at a track meet. Teen Mania put on a track meet as part of their celebration weekend, and Sam helped out with it (the boys and I just went along to watch!).
Sam and I didn't know each other in high school (we were a number of states away from each other!), but we both were runners. We both ran track (long distance races) and cross country. (FYI, that was more than ten years ago.) Yesterday, when I walked into the stands, I heard the announcer letting the athletes know which races were coming up, saw the kids stretching and warming up, heard the starter's pistol going off, watched the runners take off around the track.....it only got worse when I stepped down onto the rubber track. It really took be back-whoa! I could have been in high school again. It was a very surreal feeling! Sam had the very same experience too. His was really related to the smells of the track and field, watching everything unfold.....but he definitely was taken back too!
I didn't realize until that moment how much I missed running....but not just running.....the comraderie of being a part of a team, working together with others toward a common goal, but always working to improve ourselves....
Anyway, I know this is a random post, but it's on my mind. I think I may have just discovered something that has been missing in my life. I'll keep you posted--it may be a little while, as right now at seven months pregnant doesn't seem like the right time to revive my running career!
Henry made my day at one point too. We wandered around for a while, just letting the boys take it all in. When they decided they wanted to sit down, I let them pick a seat. Henry led us way down to the front of the stands and plopped himself down. They were just lining up the guys at the starting line to run the mile. I explained to Henry what was going on, and he asked, "Mommy, why don't I ever get to run in races like that?" I told him when he's older he can--and he was SO excited! :) I do live in the moment most of the time, but I really look forward to the days of cheering on my children in sports!