Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Hot, Hot, Hot Rod

I never thought I'd spend Saturdays at track meets for my 9-year-old. But, that's what we've been doing. It is hard work, but it is good conditioning for him and he seems to enjoy most of it. Not all of it. He doesn't look like he's having fun here. He ran the 800-meter, the 400-meter and the 100-meter dash last week. He was hating life in that 800. Unfortunately, his coach volunteered to put him in one of the faster heats for the 400, so he got smoked. He is 9 going against 9- and 10-year-olds. The week before, he finished sixth out of seven or eight in his 400.
I'm proud of Hot Rod, but I'm truly proud of other two kids, too. They don't complain or fuss about having to go and sit at the track meet. They were good natured and helpful. I was really proud of them. Pickle found out earlier this week that he won an anime art contest at the public library. The contest was to create a poster to promote the animanga club at the library. He is really proud of himself and he should be.

Sweet Little Bit.

And, a proud boy with his ribbons from the meet. He worked hard for those.


  • At 10:28 AM, June 20, 2008, Blogger LisaS said…

    ambitious kid! track meets already?

  • At 2:04 PM, June 20, 2008, Blogger Gadfly said…

    800 meters in the heat and humidity?

    they should hand out Ben Franklins!


  • At 11:42 AM, June 21, 2008, Blogger Kim du Toit said…

    Sorry to rain on your parade, but 9-year-olds should NOT compete in 800-meter races. The distance is too punishing on them -- it can and does cause long-term injury problems later in life -- and most schools outside the U.S. only allow participation in the "half-mile" after age 16.

    Your school's coaches and sports director should be flogged.

  • At 5:59 PM, June 22, 2008, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Thanks, Kim. I think we just needed another opinion on that not being a good idea. Hot Rod doesn't like the 800, but didn't want to let down his coach. I think we can, in good conscience, tell her that he is going to just do the 400 and 100. I'm good with that. :)

  • At 8:06 AM, June 23, 2008, Blogger VFlorez13 said…

    They're gorgeous!


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