Ready to go, Tollie pulled up the gray hood of his waffle knit top and headed over to Tuck's room. Da-tuck, me shirt, pink shirt!
Tollie is very interested in colors. He clutches a red ball, my ball, pink ball. He climbs into Andy’s black car, daddy car, pink car. So, I guess, Tollie is very interested in a color. Just this week though, eating M&Ms at his grandparents' house, he identified blue. The bag seemed to be mostly full of pink, but Grandpa Rod reported at least one accurate blue. We talk a bit about colors, but pink is pretty and we're not in any hurry for him to see less of it.
Tuck is very interested in winning. I win the upstairs race. I win the toothbrush race. I win the pee race. I win the jammie race. I win the in bed race. Except when someone else appears to be winning, and then Tuck suddenly seems to care very little, suddenly it's not a race at all. We talk a bit about winning, and about the way that being kind is even better, planting ideas we hope will become his own inner voice.
I spent most of the day trying to hear his voice though, the one that, when I felt like we needed to hurry, reminded me that we really didn't. We rarely do.
Today is rarely a race.
I'll admit, this still kind of feels like a finish line.
Another reminder, about another not-really-a-race-except-for-the science-it-supports:
- In addition to OSU football tickets, other raffle items include a jersey autographed by Urban Meyer, product baskets from Tastefully Simple and Learning Express, a full session at Wendy's Gymnastics, handmade bags, refurbished antiques, gourmet coffee, dog treats and a money tree.
- Split the pot tickets are available now, or the day of, one for $1 or six for $5, presence not required to win.
- If you're able to participate this year, and would like a shirt, please register ASAP. The registration process, and the price, is the same for runners and walkers. There will be a casual "turn-around" spot at the half mile mark for walkers to complete one mile.