Hi everyone! My son Jacob ran at his annual track meet on Wednesday. Hundreds of El Paso students competed in the James Butler Spring Games. The games honor the memory of former special education teacher James Butler. In the past, Jacob has been first place in the 100-meter dash twice. Unfortunately, he wasn’t first place this year. Jacob ended up being fourth place. Me and my family are still very proud of him. However, Jacob was devastated. Right after the finish line, he couldn’t hold back the tears.
I hugged him and said he did well. He didn’t believe me and kept crying. It didn’t help that his classmate won first place and kept rubbing it in. The boy followed us and kept saying, “I got first place!” I said it was great for him and congratulations! I also told my son to say congratulations to him. The boy told my son not to cry. He even gave him a hug! Not winning is a hard lesson to learn in life. I’ve been in the situation plenty of times. I participated in cross country and track for years. I’ve always wanted to run a marathon but it hasn’t happened yet. In the past, I sometimes had issues with not winning. I can see where my son gets his competitive edge from. His father was a tennis champion in high school.
The good news is my son wants to join track this year. I want to encourage him to do it. I would rather have him compete in track instead of football. I love football but not for my son! He asked me if he could do flag football so that might be another option. The photo above made my son’s day. He was excited when I showed it to him after work on Wednesday evening. Getting fourth place became a thing of the past for him. It’s great when kids can get over heartache so quickly. I sometimes wonder why it takes adults so long to mend a broken heart and get over hurtful past events.
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