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Monday, November 30, 2009

But why?

An unusual (but awesome) thing about the course design for Joe's marathon yesterday was that we were actually able to cheer the marathoners on as they hit the halfway point.

It was great to see Joe at 13 miles looking so strong. Not struggling at all, just kicking ass and running along with his pace team. It made me feel a lot better about how he was doing and I wish all races were set up like this.

Anyways, as I stood there, a little girl was nearby with her mother. Mommy yelled "Here comes Daddy, cheer for Daddy!"

The girl looked horrified. "What's he doing?!?!" she shrieked.

"See, Daddy's running! Go Daddy go, run fast!"

"But what's he running from? Is a bad man chasing him?"

That little girl kinda sums up my feelings. If I'm running that far, someone better be chasing me. Or there had better be a promise of free wine at the other end.

After the little girl was assured that Daddy was just running for fun, she then required explanations about why he was running in the street when she wasn't allowed to run in the street. And why wasn't he wearing a sweater when she had a sweater even though it was so cold. And why did he have to run so far? And who were all these other people? And why can the runners have a banana but she can't?

As exhausted as I was from waking up so early to see Joe off at the start line, I'm glad I didn't have to also field a bunch of questions from a small child.

We're at the airport now waiting for our flight. Many distractions around so sorry if this isn't very coherent. In fact, it may be completely pointless as I type with no focus whatsoever.

It was a good trip but I'm excited to head home now to my kitties. They'll have a very special post for you on Thursday involving their cat sitter and a visit from the police!


mo.stoneskin said...

I can't believe you refused to give the little girl a banana...


Kimmy said...

Awww...the innocence of little children is so cute......but the 20 questions aren't!! lol

blognut said...

I can't believe your cats had to call the police while you were gone. Did you abandon them without someone to care for them and give them food? Did the Department of Cats and Family Services have to come take them? Are they now with a foster cat family?

I need to know....

2cats said...

Children questions are not always easy to answer, especially if you are tired. Lucky you didn't have to answer them.
Cats and the police can never be a good thing. I hope the house is still there. I hope that the cats are still there and not under police custody.

Jeanie said...

Kudos to your husband for running the marathon...that takes an incredible effort. But I'm with you and the little girl in thinking someone (that is someone really bad) would have to be chasing me and I'd probably fall down dead before I made it 26 miles.

That corgi :) said...

the police and your cats? that must have been quite a party at the cat sitter's! I bet Joe loved hearing you cheering him on!

bet by now you are all snuggled in your own house, safe and sound


Kristan said...

LOL! Great anecdote. And that little girl? SO ME.

C. Beth said...

Ha ha--awesome little girl questions. And kudos to Joe; I think it's amazing not to look like you're dying after 13 miles.

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