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Getting Lapped
11/29/2005 4:14:41 PM
This evening, Laura showed interest in walking with me if I would take her to the local walking track at the city park. She doesn't like walking at night on the neighborhood streets. There's not enough light, and the road is much less forgiving to the feet than the walking track. I've been encouraging her to get more active with me so I agreed. I remember now why I always prefer walking alone. Being as large as I am, I garner more than the usual share of gazes from the others enjoying the beautiful city park we have here in Jena. Worse of all, I'm slower than the other walkers. These skinny athletes go zipping by me like I'm standing still. Every time one of them passes me I try to steady my breathing so I don't sound like a locomotive coming around the track. Little kids with tiny little legs, following at their mother’s heels, shoot by me like I’m standing still. They almost fall over as they look back at me, deciding whether or not to go “beep, beep” as they pass me. Most embarrassing of all, this elderly couple, who I think unloaded from a couple of wheelchairs before entering onto the track, lapped me at one point. I think it was the proudest moment of their lives. I finished my walk, huffing and limping gingerly on my sore foot, a bit humiliated at my performance, convinced that this would be the last time I come to the public walking track. Laura is so perceptive. She must have known what I was thinking. She sighed as she said, “Could you imagine those people trying to walk around this track with another couple hundred pounds on their shoulders? None of them would make it very far. I’m very proud of you, Eddie.” I grinned. Even though I knew she was saying it just to make me feel better. It did. And I grinned. I don’t mind getting lapped when the one who matters thinks I’m the best on the track anyway.

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