Michael reflects on his Facebook status, special needs kids, running and resting.
September 29, 2010
Children with special needs only want what we all want: to be accepted. I have been asked to post this and leave it on my Facebook status for at least an hour. Perhaps you who read this might do the same. It is Special Education week and this is to honor all of the children — each made in a unique way and each who learns a little differently — and, equally, their parents and teachers.
There are a couple of folks who deliver the morning paper who I often see on my run. I’m just guessing but they seem challenged, almost furtive except with each other. It’s tough to find a place for to be safe. For everyone. I run … they walk and talk and make a few bucks and contribute. I think of them from time to time when I encounter difference. It’s why I posted this on Facebook. I posted it as well because one of the toughest runners I know runs a school for children diagnosed with autism. Inspiration is where one finds it.
Don’t wanna run. Not gonna. Can’t find the right shoes (there are several wrong pairs in my closet). Back hurts. Facebook sucks. Legs sore. Need to write. “Nothing to say but it’s okay.” (John Lennon). Can’t find my lucky sox. Don’t actually have lucky sox. Whining is. Trails. Hills. Morning. Going now.
Ran. Light step downhill, walking uphill. No Nano. Slower out, faster back. 4 miles. Deep fog above the valley. A soft-edged trail in the kingdom of my imagination, a misty morning mellow run. Hear the forest breathe. Listen for the fog lifting through in the trees. Remember. Dream. Let it flow. Back to coffee, a voodoo donut/cruller, a laugh and the words. No experience, no expectation.
September 30, 2010
Track workout. 35 minutes. Pretty tired. Trail run took a toll. Some days I leave my day on the run. Trying not to do this today. Thus far? Moving slowly with figuring how to work things out. A friend says, go to work, stay at work, work at work. Works for me (::ruefulgrin::).
September 31, 2010
Rested yesterday. No workout. Today? Going now, Boss, gone.
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