Steffen who is participating in track and field this year at the high school, fell hard on his first meet on the 100m hurdles. He had only been practicing two weeks and with the shorter 300m height. Needless to say, the extra three inches did him in and he tripped. I heard a collective "gasp" come from the spectators in the stand as he tripped, then made a graceful tuck and roll onto the track. He then stood up, dusted himself off and began to run again, but because he had lost his momentum, he fought to clear those remaining hurdles; however, he finished the race. His follow teammates congratulated him, even though he had come in dead last. They were impressed with his 'can do' attitude and willingness to finish. His coach approached him, first asking if he was okay, and then congratulated him for finishing the race. She then proceeded to tell him about her first race and how after she had tripped, she did not finish the race, but had stepped off the track. He looked at her, blinked a few times, and asked, "Was that an option?"
"Hey. . . it's me."
I live in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains, in the State of Washington and I love camping, boating, hiking, and hanging out with my husband, our three boys, and two Bernese Mountain dogs.