(Lola waiting with her Daddy for the race to start)
Recently Lola has been interested in stories about her Poppy as an "upright"(our term for folks who stand and walk) She always loves to see photos of him standing, many of the pictures at races he competed in. And she always liked to admire and wear some of his race medals. So this year she decided she wanted to run in the local Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, just like her Poppy used to. Of course we were all very excited about this! So with the help of Poppy's nurse Tahira(Thank you so much Tahira!) we were able to get to the race location in downtown Cohoes in time for the race to start.
There were so many children ready to run in Lola's age group that they decided to let the girls run first and the boys would follow. For this 1/4 mile race, the focus isn't on your time or placement, but the fact that you ran and had fun. Here's the girl's group taking off. Lo was wayyyyy in the back of the pack.
Here she is heading to the finish line
and as soon as she crossed the finish line, she and all participants were awarded their very own Turkey Trot Medal!!! She was so excited! She now has her own medal...
Here she is with her good friend Abbey Rose posing with their medals
And as soon as she saw her Poppy she ran and gave him a great big hug
and she posed for a photo with him
and with me
and with her GG(Great Grandmother Honey, my Mom)
and with her Bepa(my Dad). It felt so good to be rooting for a loved one at a race again! We were all so proud of her! Let's hope it is the first of many more races. What a great way to start our Thanksgiving Day together. We had a wonderful day...