A note to Mom
Your granddaughter and I are watching the Olympics, and I'm thinking of you.
Remember, you and I always watched the Olympics when I was young, summer and winter. In the summer, you liked gymnastics best and I favored track and field.
We watched Frank Shorter come from nowhere and win the gold medal in the marathon at Munich. We didn't know at the time that we were witnessing the start of the fitness boom in the US.
I get to wear this in September. Oh, it would never get confused with the Olympics, there will probably be 50 participants for every spectator and, well, we only get three rings instead of five. But everyone who wears this uniform is just as proud.
We didn't see this coming either.
Made it, Mom! Miss you.
Bill Sanders is a member of Advent Episcopal Church. He'll be competing in the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, to be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma this month. About five years ago, Bill decided to get up off the couch and reclaim his fitness. He blogs his journey at LithiumManTriathlete.com, tagline "one eighth of the way up the periodic table of triathlon."
Published in Seek, Voices from the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, Sept. 2016