Martin’s Blog: Just Keep Running


For the first time in eight years, I did not make breakfast for Julie for Mother’s Day. Back in 2004, it all started that I would make Julie crepes and bacon and eggs, but this year, she asked me not to since the breakfast is so heavy and full of sugar, and she already had it a few weeks ago for her birthday.

So she got to start the day with oatmeal. And Miss C presented her with a poem.

Then, we went for a morning bike ride.

It was a really nice day. The weather could not have been better. There were other families out for walks, but for the most part, we had the trail to ourselves. Julie pulled Jaz and Lola until we reached the halfway point, which is a bridge over a large creek, and that’s when Lola wanted to get out of her trailer.

She wanted to run, so we let her run ahead of us with Miss C next to her. We were amazed. Lola just kept running and running. Sometimes she stopped to catch her breath, and we asked her, “Do you want to get in the trailer?” And she always said no, she wanted to keep running. Even when she tripped just once, she just got up and kept running some more.

Lola has always had a lot of energy. She apparently has a lot of endurance, too, and I hope that is something she keeps as she grows up. She ran about a mile all by herself before we forced her to get back in the trailer. There were some tears, but we promised to visit a park and that cheered her up. I wish we had her energy.

Back when I worked at the bank, I worked three weekends a month. The only weekend I didn’t work was when Julie left for her Air Force Reserve duty. I am glad we have these weekends together again.