I can’t share photos or video of our sports day today, because I don’t know who else is in them, even in blurred capacity… And I’m sad about that. Today William had the 400 metres as his race at sports day and it’s fair to say he wasn’t keen on it. Other people had been unkind when he came in last by a country mile in the practises and he really didn’t want to do it. Elliott had run alongside him during one of them and that made it bearable but also sadly, a source of more teasing from other children. All of this is natural and just what happens, so it’s fine.
What I want to share is that today my heart swelled to a point I didn’t know possible. William did the first 300 metres of his race and was sure enough, right at the very back. Elliott went and jogged alongside him. He ran the entire second lap with him and right towards the end, a couple of other boys joined in with them. I cried. It was a real moment. I’m filling up thinking of it now!
And afterwards, Elliott walked William back with his arm around him. I need to remember moments like this when they are declaring that they don’t want to be brothers any more. When they are coming to me asking for a different brother. Because today was a day for having your wingman beside you. I’m so glad that they have each other.
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