I am a little late in getting this post up for Max’s birthday, though not without reason. Max, as I have said before, is quite the dedicated and focused child. For his birthday he chose to wake up at 4:30 a.m. and travel to a bike race in the freezing desert. He bundled himself up, ate his oatmeal and was ready to go.
Perhaps Max is so driven now because he started out less than enthusiastic to be part of this thing called life… Whatever the case may be, we have a very driven 11 year old on our hands.
For his 11th birthday celebration, Max got to learn a little about integrity and good sportsmanship. As he raced across the finish line, fighting for 1st place, we were tearful at the strong child that he is. We waited for the official results, knowing that the cyclist Max had fought to beat across the finish was 14 and would be in a separate category if they broke it down as such.
Instead, when the results were posted, it listed Max in 6th place.
He told us with a bit of shaky voice as he had seen them before we did. We immediately went to investigate and were faced with confusion. In 4th place was a little guy on Max’s team that they had lapped. Twice. In 1st, 2nd, 3rd, were some older kids that we didn’t remember seeing at all. Not even at the starting line.
Turns out they rode with the 15-18 year olds. They had cheated and by time we had an idea of what had happened, it was too late to protest.
We had a good talk about being honest, fair, and also being able to hold your head high when you know you had integrity. The truth is, Max earned a 1st place finish in his age group of 10-12 year olds and 2nd place for the 10-14 year olds. Nothing to be ashamed of.
Max at 11:
- Favorite Color: Pink and he doesn’t care who knows it!
- Favorite book(s): Harry Potter
- Favorite Movie(s): Harry Potter
- Favorite thing to do: Ride his bike and play with friends
- Favorite food: “That is too hard a question to answer.”