Lily is participating in Special Olympics track and Saturday was our very first official track meet.
Opening Ceremonies Parade
It was also fun! Clapping and cheering. High fives. And don't even get me started on the dancing. So. Much. Dancing. But really - who can help themselves when Michael Jackson's Greatest Hits are being played over the loudspeakers? No one. That's who.
Lily was in two events: the 50 meter run and the softball toss.
Lily likes to do things her own way. She always has and I suspect she always will. She is not motivated to do something just because everyone around her thinks she should. She tends to get around to doing things in her own time.
Running the 50 meter is no different. She has run it several times in practice. She has also walked it a few times. She has hopped it and skipped it and jumped it. She has stayed in her lane. She has run across all the lanes.
So, it's basically a free-for-all, who-knows-how-it's-going-to-go kind of event for Birdie.
Does it matter to her that it's a race? No.
Does it matter to her that there will be a first place winner? No.
Does it matter to her that it is a running competition? No.
So for Bird, there were no butterflies in her stomach before the big race. There was no standing at the starting line, visualizing the run. No rush of adrenaline when the gun sounded.
Instead, last Saturday, this is how Lily decided to do her 50 meters:
I know. I know.
The thrill of competition made it difficult to take your eyes off the screen, right? I mean, it was this close. I was kind of surprised no one asked to see a video replay to determine the winner.
I thought about demanding a re-race because that floppy bow was in her eyes and might have blocked her view of the lane.
But that smile on her face at the end? Lily was perfectly happy with her "run". I think it went just like she planned.
On to the softball toss, which Lily has only practiced one time. But today, in the spirit of competition, she threw that ball harder than she ever has. And then started jumping up and down:
Maybe she was starting to catch the Olympic spirit.
Or maybe she just knew she was done and it was time for a cheeseburger.
Sidenote - that woman saying "good job" at the end of the video? Surely that's not me. She sounds a tad bit redneck and I'm much more sophisticated than that.
So the first ever Special Olympics track meet?
In the words of Frank Sinatra, Lily did it her way.
And that is a-ok with us.
Receiving her first medal