Once each spring the county puts on a track meet for our 3rd-5th graders. Emma was cool and skilled enough to get picked as one of her school's athletes. What event? Why, the sack race of course. (I heard they are going to add it to the 2012 olympics.) She sort of wished she'd been able to do a running event, but was glad to at least be counted among the sporty 4th graders and miss almost a whole day of school to boot. She didn't win--she was somewhere near the middle of the pack--but she didn't fall down or give up.
The days surrounding the meet were warm and sunny. The day of the meet was rainy and freezing. Freez-ing. I wore a jacket and I wished I'd worn full snow-gear and brought my own fireplace. I sent Emma in her team t-shirt and some shorts and oh-you-might-want-to-grab-your-fleece-too-I-think-it-may-be-a-little-chilly. Luckily Mom and Dad lent me their super huge umbrella so Emma and her friend and I stayed (relatively) dry during the first hour while it rained. Here are Emma and Caroline staying mostly dry:
Here is Emma at the starting line (short, center of shot, yellow bag):Texting Scott after the event to tell him all about it: