Racing Day!

Something special happens in a mom’s heart when you see your son stand up and lead the pledge of allegiance.

Then the lights were turned off to hide such emotion while the disco light went up and “We are the Champions” started to play.

Then the first round – Sam is called up and everything goes real fast.

And I keep seeing fist pumping and a very happy son.

And again…and again… and again…. and then a lot of waiting, and then the final four was announced.

And Sam heard his name, and began racing again… and again… and again…

And this mom was very proud.  But not so much because he was in the top four winner circle, but because last year when he didn’t win and was always 3rd or 4th in his races he smiled and cheered everyone else on.  It was his first Pinewood Derby last year and he took note of what everyone was doing so he could improve.  And this year, I heard other boys doing a lot of trash talking, and my son just smiled and nodded.  I saw other boys win a race or two and heard them bragging loudly.  Sam won his races gracefully.  And boy did my heart want to burst.

I think his Dad was having a heart full moment too, as he saw Sam enjoy every minute of it.

Anabelle cheered hard for her brother and tried her own version of trash talking (hard not to laugh at, but still had to be addressed!).  She especially liked the pit stop of chocolate donuts (tires) and apple juice (oil).

Sam has his trophy and his medal displayed proudly on his wall, right next to his car and participant certificate from last year.

And he’s already making designs, plans, and adjustments for next year.


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