July 27, 2022

get back up and run

After qualifying at the multi-school track meet in the adaptive relay, Perry participated in the district race. He had such a sweet relay partner and loved racing with with classmate, too.

He was excited for the race and his heart set on a medal. It was all about the medal for this kid.

He was lined up at the start and his partner was in her place.

He was ready to go.

His partner came out with such momentum that when she tagged him the force made him tumble to the ground.

For a split second, my heart stopped. Would he sit on the ground and cry and yell about his scraped knee? Would he be so confused about what happened that he sat there until someone helped him? Would he get up and run but come in last? 

However, Perry proved himself as a fighter and a competitive, resilient athlete. He scrambled to his feet as quick as could be. Without looking back or looking around or getting upset, HE RAN.

With sheer determination, he ran as hard as he could towards that finish line. I was so, so proud of him and the way he handled it.

He ran so hard that he still ended up in third.

And got a medal.

He was thrilled to get that medal!

Perry set such a great example to so many of us that night. Sometimes we get knocked over in life and go tumbling to the ground. When we choose not to worry about what happened, keep our eyes fixed on our end goal, and put in all our effort, we make it. Maybe even with a medal.