Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Such a Good Sport
Since I was in Little Rock much of last year being treated for Multiple Myeloma, I now find myself not wanting to miss any of the family events that dot our calendar.
One of things that I really love to do is watch my oldest daughter, Katie, participate in sports. She's grown up playing volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball and running track. Katie possesses a healthy competitive spirit that pushes her to excel (she's a straight A student, as well) and she loves the camaraderie of being on a team. And she does it all with a wonderful sense of joy and fair play.
Though it's important, I'm not so much interested in whether she and her team wins. What really makes me happy is to see her having fun, working hard and being a great teammate. It is exciting to see Katie shoot a last second jump shot or give it her all in a close relay race.
We MMers know about working hard, and we've certainly come to rely on our teammates. The race that we run has more serious implications, of course, but the attitude and drive with which Katie tackles her athletics inspires me to stay in the game, to give it my very best effort and to maintain a positive, we-can-do-this outlook.
As she is fond of saying to me, 'Murrays don't give up, Daddy. You taught me that.'
Well Katie, you've taught me a lot, too. I am so grateful that you are on my team.
@ 12:45 PM