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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Big Lessons, Small Fairy

After work Monday LBM and I hit the road.  Usually LBM naps a bit while I run, last night however he was a live wire.  He chatted his way along our usual 6.5 mile loop.  He threw goldfish to the cows that we passed along the way, threathened all manner of wildlife with his no-longer-glowing glo stick, say dozens of songs as a medley, discharged three packages of gummies in an attempt to ensure the local insect population is thriving, and added half a cup of juice to the ground so the insect would have something to wash it all down with.
He is so ecologically aware!

Run # 96 (6.5 miles / 53:02)

After our run s'ghetti girl joined us for a walk to cool down.  She had been suprised by the tooth fairy.  It seems that TF came while I was running (she's sneaky) and left a little stuffed animal in exchange for s'ghetti's tooth.  TF doesn't come during the day, you say?  Well she can't fly in the rain so she had no choice but to attempt such a risky delivery during the day. 
I know at s'ghetti girl's age it is a wanting that keeps her "believing" in someone beyond what she can see.  In this case the TF.  It is hard to let those things go.  They serve such a good purpose when teaching children to believe in the absence of "proof."  It's the beginning of faith.  Believing without seeing.  It's the beginning of knowing that somethings are possible even when others think they are not.
Big lessons from such a small fairy. 

After the TF suprise!

This morning dawned with fog.  Oh how I LOVE fog!
I wish I had more time in the morning to go farther.  There is little as sweet as an early morning fog run.

A beautiful foggy morning

But I only had time for my out and back of 3.5 miles followed by a walk and stretching.
Three more runs and then I'm done....

Run # 97 (3.5 / 28:08)

...or am I?


  1. for some reason, I don't think you are done ...

  2. I'm with Tonia...I have a feeling the streak will continue!

    My son is the same age as your daughter and yes, it's that time to figure out where they are in terms of believing in things. It's sad!

  3. I don't think the streak is over. I love the stories about your kids! So cute. LBM must really want the insects to be okay :)

  4. don't lie. the streak is going to continue :)

    and i've never quite thought about the TF, santa, easter bunny in those terms before. but it totally makes sense.

  5. I don't think you'll be done with 100. You are hooked and you love it. I can't wait to read what you decide to do next.

  6. No pressure...but I'm with everyone else. :)The streak will continue.

  7. I cannot even fathom running 1-2 times a day for over 76 days!! It is crazy, my knees would be screaming. you are Superrunner!! Love the TF, keep childhood dreams alive.

  8. I KNOW you're not done ;)
    I like your TF analogy - you're so right! It's our ablility to believe without proof that makes it so special and serves as the gateway to our own faith :)

  9. Um, no way you are done ... it's inside you :).

    That dang TF just made me cry, as did your comment today on my blog. THANK YOU!!

  10. oh shelly...you know you're not done! haha and i love that idea about the tooth fairy. I never thought of it that way but that's so true. learning to have faith and believe really does start with the little things

  11. I can't wait to see what you decide to do!!

  12. My oldest is the same with TF. One day, he asked me about Santa. I said, "Yes, because the minute you stop believing, Santa stops coming." He quickly replied, "Then, I'm always going to believe in Santa."

    The suspense on your running continues....

  13. Any chance you need a running buddy this weekend? I actually have an entire weekend off.

    Charlottesville, VA