Since the boys’ first race two summers ago, they have been interested in running another, and Gabriel too was interested in participating. (I think the coupons for ice cream they received were the main motivation.) We missed all the races this summer, but I happened to notice a new race this year which took place just before the Christmas parade, so we signed up for the 1 mile run.
It was cold and windy, and we bundled up, though in the spirit of the race we traded our winter hats for the Santa hats given to us for enrolling and we jumped up and down and posed for pictures by the newspaper staff while we waited for the race to begin. Once they gave the go ahead, Isaac, Stephen, and Jack were off, not to be seen again by me until the end of the race. I ran along side of Gabriel with Sebastian in the stroller and Gabriel took off at a good pace with great determination. His legs tired after a bit, but he kept going without stopping, in spite of a few tears. We passed the distance discussing Pilgrim’s Progress and the various places and people Christian encountered on the way. He made it to the end where Adam and his brothers waited cheering him on. Being a new race, there was no coupons for ice cream, but the parade soon followed and there was plenty of candy to make up for it.
During the run we passed a Mexican restaurant, which brought back memories of the Alabaster Christmas parade which we would attend with Mike and Kathy and then have lunch at the Mexican restaurant we always stood in front of. It made me a little homesick.
The boys made the newspaper with a couple of pictures and a quote from their momma. I am a bit perplexed at the number of children I was credited with as the newspaper stated that I was running with some of my six young children and that the others were standing at the finish line with their dad waiting for a glimpse of me. We only came home with five.