Little Runner Boy

July 21, 2009

When Mike is out of town I am forced able to run with both my kids in the double jogger. Scott lately has been wanting to get out and run with me, so he got his first pair of running shoes. (he is totally pumped and has now decided he wants to race, I have no idea if 4 year olds are allowed to race, but I am looking into it).  Last week, I sunscreened everyone up, packed snacks, 3 waters, Nate’s paci,  put on Scott’s running shoes and headed out. He would get out and run with me about every 15 minutes for a couple of minutes and then hop back in the stroller. I am trying to teach him running “rules” so he doesn’t become like a Fleet Feeter. My heart melted when we were passing a walker and Scott yelled out in his adorable voice, “On your left!”.

Sometimes I have those moments when I look at my kids and think, “Oh, I get it. This is what life is all about.” Seeing my baby run in front of the massive stroller, flailing his arms about (remember that Friends episode when Rachel and Phoebe run together? Scott is totally Phoebe.), screaming “I am winning! I am going to beat you!”, and then suddenly stopping and pointing to a piece of trash all the way down by the water and yelling, “Mom, Somebody litter bugged on Riverside! Why would Somebody litter bug on Riverside?! Oh, look they litter bugged those one chips I like!”. Those are the moments that I hope I never forget. Those moments that I want to mentally video tape and play back to myself when we are having a rage out day. To a four year old, anything can be an adventure. Sometimes I forget. I forget that he is only four. I forget how fast it is passing me by. I forget that in a month he is going to preschool. I forget that one day, to soon,  I won’t be running with him, I will be watching from the sidelines. One day, I won’t be the princess and he won’t be the pirate. One of these days I am not going to have a double jogger stuffed in the garage and I will miss it.

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7 Responses to “Little Runner Boy”

  1. bethany Says:

    1. I LOVE that he knows running rules!

    2. You so need an iphone w/ video! Capture all those cute moments so you can hold onto them forver!

    (3. Then we will send in video footage of Scott using his runner manners to FF and show them how its done!)

    =)

  2. Carissa Says:

    OK so I was tearing up reading that. Well, first I was laughing out loud and then I was tearing up….just because I know exactly how you feel! They are growing up too fast and I know we will look back one day, too soon, and wish that we could go back and relive one day with our babies (even if that day was a rage out day!).

  3. Mike Says:

    Man, you got some cute kids. I miss you today. See you soon.

  4. jess ahrend Says:

    I love this Cori… You totally have a gift for writing! My husband I just had a full coversation about it. I think you should compile these into a little book! I’d buy it…

  5. Ranae Says:

    Wow. That really made me tear up. I am worried/nervous about Kees starting his “school” this fall and if I am doing the right thing. This was just the perfect thing for me to read. Thanks, girl

    • Cori Says:

      I am nervous about school too. I am excited for some alone time with Nate, but Scott has been with me every day for 4 years, it will be weird to have him be at school for 2 days!


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