Sweet moments this weekend as I watched those tiny baby twin daughters of mine lined up to run their last race of their high school cross country season.
I remember reading an article many years ago titled “All the Last Times” by Sue Diaz. (I think but I’m going from memory here because I’m being lazy and not digging into my files to find the actual article.)
Without reprinting or plagiarizing the entire article here –she told of how we are wired to take pictures and record all those “first times” in our children’s lives. Like their first step, first tooth, first day of school, etc. It made an impact on me and helped guide me through these 19 years of parenting with a vision I might not have had if I hadn’t read that article.
Her unique perspective touched me and I have remembered through the years to savor “All the Last Times” and not just the firsts. It’s a challenge because those last times aren’t always so easy to remember or record. I vividly remember one of her examples…the last time you could carry that baby in your arms and tuck them into bed before they became too heavy to lift.
So I watched those tiny twin daughters of mine and remembered that Saturday was a milestone day. The Last Time they would run a cross country race as seniors in high school…
The practice, conditioning and plain old hard work it takes is often overlooked by the “bigger” more popular sports. There are a lot of great cross country slogans the teams have printed on their t-shirts. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
“Cross Country: no time outs, no half times, no substitutions”
“Our sport is your sport’s punishment.”
“If it was easy, everyone would do it!”
Everyone doesn’t do it – it really is a grueling “underdog” sport that is rarely recognized. I just wanted to take a moment to recognize this last time. And I am so proud of both of them…
For the curious few, Roger Leroy has not had another growth spurt nor is she as tall as Wizzy. I think she was standing on a small hill.
On a totally unrelated note…
This may be the first and last time that Scary Baby will or has ever offered up her Halloween discards to us without me having to sift through her bag and
steal beg for candy.
Look at the loot she gave us that she didn’t want. Woo-hoo – except for that trail mix stuff.
It was a very good weekend. How was your weekend? 🙂
Life Lesson (LL): The Last Times are just as sweet and as important as the Firsts…
Share a Life Lesson (SALL): Any “Last Times” you have savored and will share here?
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