This year both Pearl and Carrie wanted to run in our neighborhood 1K race. Pearl faced the event with great fear last year, but this year she seemed more at ease.
Carrie was thrilled to get to run this year. She has admired Pearl's ribbon all year long. She wears it like a necklace some days and believes that because of this medal, Pearl is a hero. That's what Carrie wants to be when she grows up, a super hero! So she has had this race on her radar for quite some time.
Carrie felt confident she would win in the 14 and under age bracket. Marcia waited for her at the halfway point turnaround. Carrie was walking by then and cried when she spotted Mama. Marcia asked her, "What's the matter, Carrie?" Carrie shook her head sadly, saying, "My super powers failed me."
Despite this setback, Carrie crossed the finish line in due time, and received a ribbon. It was exactly like Pearl's!