I am so proud of my son! He did not reach the time he wanted. This was the first meet he participated in and so he has to be patient and wait for the next meet, have his PR then! He did PR by a couple of seconds but not what he had hoped for. It was a JV meet and he is on the Varsity team, but wanted to get a meet in since he has been sick. I am proud of his dedication, his good sportsmanship and holding his head up high! It hasn’t been easy for any of my children and Mude was one of my first kids to attend school here, he didn’t know how to read very well and it was a whole new world for him and for us! Yesterday I stood by the fence and yelled, as he requested, that it was time for him to pick up his speed! After the race, a boy from another school, a freshman, asked Mude what his time was, then told him “Wow you are so fast, I hope I can race against you again” his eyes were wide with admiration! I told my son, “ok that is what this is about” as Mude gave him a high five and he walked away I felt a warm feeling inside of me well up, a feeling that I did the right thing 7 years ago this month and chose to stay here, raise my kids and help them have opportunities. I usually say I relocated, but now I will just say it, I fled and made sure my kids were with me and safe!