This weekend Finn competed in his first ever Endeavor Games. We weren’t quite sure how he’d enjoy it, so we didn’t really invite anyone to attend. It’s a qualifying event for the 2016 Paralympics, so people take it very seriously–there’s a starting gun and sanctioned rules and everything.
We thought Finn might even hear the gun, have a meltdown and wheel off the track; but he surprised us and had a lot of fun.
He came in dead last in the 20m dash…it was so cute.
He heard the pop, wheeled a little, stopped to look around, wheeled a little faster once he saw Paisley and I at the end of the track, then stopped about 2 feet from the finish line to take it all in. Keep going, buddy!
He also enjoyed reconnecting with Ryder, our buddy from OKC.
These athletes are unreal. Many were in wheelchairs and others of them had limb differences; a few were even double or triple amputees.
I had to turn and face the other direction several times to hide my tears as I watched these people defy all odds, pushing their bodies beyond their God-given potential. Goosebumps everywhere.
What excuse do you and I have not to move?
Finn was more comfortable in the 60m dash and he didn’t even finish last!
I’m pretty certain he was technically disqualified because he went from the farthest lane to the nearest lane, diagonally across the track. It’s hard for a 3 year old to stay in the lines!
He won two medals anyway. 🙂
We also had our annual roommate reunion this weekend, so Jane and the Whites came to cheer Finn on.
He was so happy to see them all at the finish line. “You came to visit me?!” he beamed.
Later in the day, Finn attempted the shot put. He didn’t like how they strapped down his wheelchair. It also didn’t help that there were 20 volunteers standing around watching him. The official was an older, shall I say, gruff woman.
She was a stickler for the rules and would yell “Foul!” when Finn didn’t throw the ball the right way. He cried and asked if he could race instead. Obviously he wasn’t having fun anymore, so we decided to skip the javelin and discus and drove home to Tulsa early. Maybe we’ll try the sitting implements again next year.
It was a blessing to see Finn so proud of himself, and it was good for Joey and I to be reminded we are not alone in the world of disabilities. There are many other families out there like us, and many other angels like Finn.