Akank participated with great fervor in the annual sports event at school, this year too. This was her first experience being a part of the school march past group.That done, she took part in the 100m, 200m and the relay event. Just before the 200m dash, which was the first event of the afternoon, Akank was in two minds about participating. During the heats, she had realized that she was not able to run the entire distance without tiring out. In spite of that, she had made it to the final four participants. When she asked me for a vote, I told her to give it a shot. The other three athletes turned out to be swifter. She was in tears at losing.
I encouraged her to believe that she was probably cut to run the 100m dash better. After a bit of talking to, she began to calm down. She was keen to win the 100m dash. Unfortunately for Akank, the participants of the 100m dash event turned out to be nifty too!
I was now beginning to feel very uncomfortable with what I had to handle at the end of the day! No amount of pep talk about ‘ winning is not important, participating is’ was going to help. The last event was the 4 x100m relay. I spent a few minutes with the team before the event. I asked Akank to have fun and do her best with the team. Even though they were the last to start the race , they finished third, thanks to some super sprinting between them!
I said a small prayer thanking my savior for saving me from the teary eyed scene that I was preparing myself for later that evening. The icing on the cake was when she won another cup for being in the Rugby team that won the Runner up award.
She was in a happy mood at the end of the day, despite the lost races. She agreed to go to a mini celebration over burgers and salsa wraps at McDonald’s. I also got her a much awaited 4th book by Stephanie Meyers’ – Breaking Dawn.