Our little guy competed in his first cross country school meetup today.
For a kid who is endlessly active, gym is a class T struggled with the last few years.
For his mid-year report card last year, his gym teacher gave him an “I,” as he didn’t participate enough for her to give a proper assessment. He ended the year with a C+.
But she does try to find ways to engage him and suggested that he join the school cross country team this year.
Today’s meetup took place at Earl Bales Park, near our old neighbourhood. It is a city park with a ski hill that runs a mini chair lift in winter!
We’ve gone hiking there many times and here was T charging up that ski hill in Fall 2018. I saw my life flash before me when I made it to the top.
So we felt hopeful T would do well today.
We reminded him the most important thing was to try his best, have fun and to pace himself and not burn all his energy at the beginning.
Well, T did amazing.
He finished in 8th place – and the first from his school – in the Grade 2 race.
We are so proud of our guy!
The hubby took the day off to spend with him. His teacher not so subtly told us that it’d be wonderful if we could come to cheer him on.
Never one to mince words, the hubby was like, cut the crap, you want us to supervise him. He got to ride a school bus with little kids today. 😂
All kidding aside, I’m glad the hubby got to witness this proud moment and that T got to see Daddy cheer him on at the finish line.
Today is an excellent reminder of what is possible when schools find ways to identify strengths in their students and create opportunities to build their confidence.