I am trying to be brave. I am trying to smile. I know CC would smile. She would always compliment my kiddo for being such a terrific runner. I am going to miss her. But as I read my comments here for the past three posts I see everyone who knew her loved her so I know she would want us to smile. She was always smiling.
I have run a gamut of emotions today and yesterday. Today as my son and his four varsity team mates prepared to run the Centarus Invitational I was praying for strength for all of them and for a nice position in the race. When I saw Jerry overtake Desmond (Pomona HS) I knew my boy Nick and his team mates were going to do well. Desmond held his own during the first two miles of that race. But my kiddo and his buddies run as a team. They pace each other and talk to each other on the course. No, they never count out loud how many people they pass! That would be rude! Jerry took first. I thought I would die from sheer joy! Then Marco came up in sixth place followed by Stephen 11th and Nick (my baby) 12th! Fabian rounded out the win by placing 17th! They won the race as varsity boys! They were number one! There was another school, primarily well to do kids, with at least 15-20 varsity runners! When Thornton was announced as the winner overall they rolled their eyes! Don't girls roll their eyes? That was just plain all out flat R U D E! Boys rolling their eyes. I have not witnessed such poor sportsmanship in cross country and my kid has been running for six years! He ran in middle school, he is running his third high school season. They were rude. Now the guys have to concentrate on the Liberty Bell next Friday. My grandson Andrew graduated from Heritage HS in Littleton, CO. Let me tell you , that is one awesome school. They have their own lake! It is one of the biggest high schools I have ever seen! I attended an all girls Catholic High school. Maybe 100 girls per class. This school holds a few thousand! But the Liberty Bell has an excellent course and my son loves it because he knows the course after running it for 2 years previously. I hope you will pray for these boys. They are kind, and talented. They are smart and hard working. Their coach has a brand spanking new baby girl at home! I saw those bare baby feet today! The coaches wife quipped "If he has his way, she will run before she walks!" It is a real phamily oriented team. Everyone compliments each other. Pray that they continue their good fortune next weekend. The Liberty Bell hosts 90 schools from four states including Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming . The guys are thinking about a New Mexico runner who is raked nationally and a runner who won the pre state trials last week end.
But we tell our son to beat himself, beat his old time and move forward to the next race!
Praise God we could not even see or smell the fire burning in Boulder County! I think the fire is burning away from the cities which I suppose is a good thing. Continue praying for the people fighting the fire and those who are losing their homes and dealing with this loss. Thank you.
A few photos to show off the guys!