Susan's Blog

Monday, November 24, 2008

Joyful Boys

The 5 K Gobbler race for Best Buddies was a lot of fun, despite weather in the mid-20’s. I had outfitted Nat head to toe, with state-of-the-art running gear from Marathon Sports, but still he ended up wearing his down jacket the whole time!

When we got to the school where the race was to start, Nat bounced out of the car, in Special O mode, and it was Joyful Pre-Registration Stompies all around the gym until the race started. His smile never quit. His entire House showed up to cheer him on, with signs and treats. His team finished all together, a decent time, but Jack (the Residential Director with Nat in the pic) has already upped the ante and is now aiming for them to have more competitive times, and so they will be doing more races this winter! Note Nat’s smile and blurry left hand — that should tell you all you need to know!


Nat looks radiantly happy! What a handsome young man he is! TPeacock

— added by Anonymous on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 9:37 am

He looks so happy in that photo, Susan! I’m so glad it was a good day for him.

— added by Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 9:41 am

Natty looks great. After 5K, I would be in the medic tent, receiving oxygen. I love how Natty gets pumped to compete, and to do his best. You’re a lucky mom. Lisa

— added by Anonymous on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 10:47 am

Wow. This is so great!! The smile speaks volumes! Great picture.

I’ve heard of Best Buddies but forgot about it. I should look into it more… sounds like a really great program.

— added by Holly Nappi Collins on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Way to go Nat!!

Susan, I just read the last 4 posts in a row and loved them all. Thank you for your openness and wisdom. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your gorgeous, perfect family.

— added by gretchen on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Nat looks great! Nice work.

— added by Anonymous on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm

We have actually never participated in Best Buddies, but I have heard that it is a great thing. Our high school should offer it.

Gretchen! We are NOT perfect!!!! Just happy (ish).

— added by Susan Senator on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Love it!

— added by Judith U. on Friday, November 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm