Have you ever set your sight on something in the future that ended up not happening…maybe a vacation cancelled due to illness or a promotion unreceived? If so, then you know disappointment and sadness and frustration from those unseen plans. That is exactly what Donnie is feeling all this week as he cancelled his plans to run the race he’s been training and planning for, for 9 months. 9 months of training, coaching, gear etc. It’s a lot of time and money spent on something not happening and it’s a hard thing to deal with.
Now, imagine your family went on that vacation without you. Or your best friend got that promotion instead of you. Imagine that conflicted feeling of wanting to enjoy your loved ones’ happiness but the constant reminder of your missed experience is just staring you in the face. That’s what he’s going to be dealing with this weekend as so many of our friends are running or crewing the race he’s not running.
THIS is why we immediately shifted plans to go to Chattanooga instead. We already had childcare taken care of for the weekend, so this was a pretty easy decision to make. Now we focus on trying to overwrite the instict for sadness over missed plans and instead have joy over an Anniversary Trip! That’s what we’re calling it since our Anniversary was just 2 weeks ago. We’re going to explore our favorite city and eat and drink and be merry! And I’ve decided that instead of the weekend of 100 Miles, we’re rebranding it. It is now the weekend of 100 Smiles!
We need it after this shitty week. Nikki did end up having a concussion, but once they gave her Zofran yesterday for her nausea (and ruled out any brain bleeding) she was able to eat and finally started feeling better. By bedtime last night she was a new woman, back to her old self. She’ll return to school today but no PE.
Dead Cat. Concussed Child. Cancelled Race. We SO VERY MUCH need this weekend!