… sort of.
Papa has been into running for quite a few years now, doing half marathons all over the place. When he heard the local fall fair has a 2-, 5-, and 10-K race, he thought it would be fun to get Oliver in on the action. The plan was to run their own little race, just over a half mile.
So, being the awesome Papa that he is, he found a numbered bib (this race didn’t supply their own), he brought a medal from one his previous races, and he even thought to have a crepe paper finish line. How cool is he?! He was so excited. We have talked about it for weeks, including the few minutes leading up to the race, and Oliver sounded excited too.
Unfortunately, Oliver is Oliver. Wait… I don’t mean that quite the way it sounds. See, Oliver is kind of an introvert and he’s pretty stubborn and that means when he makes his mind up it takes an awful lot to change it. It’s pretty frustrating at times, but we love him for every part of who he is and have learned that there are ways to approach certain situations to make him more accepting. I thought I had done everything right in this case.
But he noticed the little crowd gathering around the start line and decided about three minutes before race time that he wasn’t having anything to do with it. I’m pretty sure he thought he and Papa were going to have a race at Papa’s house, not in town and surrounded by a bunch of people he didn’t know. So he dug his heels in.
We tried our best to convince him to run but he was pretty adamant. Eventually he saw Emery start to run with Papa and that’s what finally got him into gear.
So he did run part of the way. I’m glad he tried it so maybe he won’t be so scared to try it the next time.
About halfway back he declared that he needed a rest.
I felt pretty bad that my dad had put so much thought and effort into something special for the two of them and Oliver’s initial reaction wasn’t very accepting. But he was understanding of it all and hopefully will try again next year.
I hope so because I love to see them finding common interests and spending time together.