I just have a quick story to share about our Fleet Fleet Racing team meeting on March 8, 2015. They usually hold our orientation meetings on Sunday nights, which is also the night our babysitter has church. So we usually just end up bringing the kids. We're the only "husband-wife with children" couple on the team. It's never been too much of a problem, and I am so happy that Rick is on the team with me. But it is hard to attend these annual meetings!
So we brought the kids tonight to the store after hours for the meeting. We told the big kids to find a spot to sit quietly and read or draw, and the baby was being good. Our team leaders had us do a group activity where we had to pair up and make posters for the Bridgestreet half marathon. Rick had the baby. I got paired with Rob Youngren, and we got so busy thinking of motivational sayings that I didn't think of what the big kids were doing. When it got time to share the posters, I discovered that my big kids had been asked to help Susi with her poster!
It meant a lot that she'd included them. Then the team went on to give out an award for best poster, and they chose my kids' poster to win (if you know my daughter, she is so competitive so she just lit up when they announced this). Just the fact that they'd included my family and made them feel welcome and not unwanted was so touching. It makes me so thankful for these teammates. They are an amazing group of runners. My kids have grown up in this community and don't think anything about it, but I know how special it is that they are being influenced by them all.
Susi with my big kids
Julia and Rick's poster
Rob's and my poster