Our Jr. High track team attended their first meet yesterday. Kiwi ran the 100 and the 200, doing well in both. I love the look of determination and concentration on her face!
Track meets can be tedious while you wait around for your kid’s events, but I enjoyed watching all these young people using their bodies in such amazing ways–twisting over the high jump bar, skipping the triple jump before throwing themselves in the air, arching themselves feet first over the pole vault, spinning and letting the discus fly, shoving the shotput into a reluctant vector over the pit, and tearing up the track in race after race after race. Out of all the kids I watched, I saw only two truly extraordinary athletes–a long jumper and a sprinter–but I held fierce admiration for all the participants who were “heart, might, mind, and strength” combined in their efforts.
Missy May didn’t make the track meet because she was with her GT team at the state History Day competition (after winning regionals for their project)–alas, they didn’t make it to the National competition to be held in Washington, D.C. After that she went to play her sax in the Junior High All-Star Honor Band held in Boise. She was one of only 7 saxophones (and one of 3 First Sax parts) selected in the state.
I don’t know how I can stand to have such cool kids.