Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Teenagers.... er, can be fun sometimes

Phyllis emailed me early Monday morning to say Andrew was in the paper. I had almost forgotten about Sunday's race after getting two teenagers up for school on Monday morning. Sunday was a town wide celebration and race for a high school teacher who has been stricken with ALS. His insurance (really sucks) doesn't cover nursing care while his wife is away most of the day at work.

My Andrew's reason for taking up cross-country was to prepare for this event. He decided this 1 year ago! With the support of his cross country team, he won the race! It was so fantastic to see a 16 year old work toward something for an entire year that included running 4-6 mile runs, daily! Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking, your kid practices the violin 8 hours daily but I don't think I'll churn out a prodigy in this lifetime so I'll be content with my cross country jock.

Jocks. Didn't like them at all when I was in high school. Years ago, I would sit at the outdoor coffee cafe and watch the grunge kids smoke and look grungy as the track team whizzed by. Both 'groups' looking at the other with the WTF look on their faces. As I sat and sipped, I found myself facing the age old dilemma for parents: What do I hope for my boys -grunge or jocks? Why must life always consist of extreme choices? Capitalist or Communist, Barry Manilow or Flava Flav?





Enjoying his 15 minutes of fame!

12 comments:

Mary Anne said...

Congratulations to the winner!

del said...

That is so cool. It takes a LOT of dedication you don't see in too many teens, or older people for that matter!

hope said...

What a fantastic young man you've raised. He should be proud and you should be prouder. I hope a lot of money was raised too.

Virtuous said...

Well ain't you a proud Mama!

Congrats to the jock! :oD

AR said...

Cool!!! Enjoy those 15 minutes, Mom & Andrew!

Nikki said...

Wow. "content"? No way, PROUD. That is a really amazing achievement and I know that I don't have that kind of dedication. Very impressive.

hakucho said...

Congratulations. You have quite the dedicated young man there to put all that effort towards such as good cause. Your son certainly deserves all the praise and "fame" he is receiving!

Lynn said...

Good for him!!!!

Ina said...

Not only enjoying 15 minutes, but also looking fine doing so!

Rebecca said...

hooray for Andrew! way to go!

2begin2 said...

Barry Manilow - he had the ladies swoon over his talent and didn't end up on a VH1 reality show! ;)

What dedication your son had for such a wonderful purpose - good for him!

Janice said...

A HUGE congratulations to your son!! To set a goal and work that hard, you must be very proud!!