I’ve mentioned before that my son Sam runs and it is track season right now. That means at least one night a week there is a meet. A couple of years ago, when he was a freshman, he was running in the 3200 meter race (8 times around the track) which was one of the first races, and in the 4×400 meter relay, the very last race. Track meets are 5-6 hours long…or longer, so we were there twiddling our thumbs the first couple of meets waiting to cheer for the few minutes of movement.
By the third meet we started taking photos of all the other kids…..40-60 on the track team, boys and girls. Now we are the “official photographers”. We take about 1500 photos each meet and I then spend 5-6 hours editing them down to about 250 pictures to post on the track team website to share.
It is an amazing pleasure….sure, it is cold…or hot….or raining…and sometimes the weather is perfect. What makes is amazing is seeing the effort these kids make.
They beg me not to publish photos with “funny faces” and I tell them if I wouldn’t want it of myself, the photo will be scrapped, but I also tell them the frowns and grimaces are part of the effort they are making…and they are beautiful.
If you want more of how I feel about this experience, here is a link to my first blog, a personal one called Beth’s Life Adventures.