Last weekend was the area track meet for Team Magic, Boo Bear’s Special Olympics team. Despite a brief rainfall which disgusted all the athletes, we had a bright, sunny day to enjoy ourselves on the track. Boo Bear competed in three different walking events, the 25 meter walk, the 100 meter walk, and the 400 meter walk. He came in second, third, and first place respectively. The ribbons and the fuss over him were not what made me so happy about our day on the track. Unlike last year, Boo really seemed to enjoy himself. He was not nearly as anxious or overwhelmed by the crowds and the noise. He seemed delighted just to have a day to hang out with his mom and A. He also did a good job staying in his lane, which was a bit of a challenge last year. We are looking forward to our state meet which is the third weekend of June. Boo will celebrate his 17th birthday by being an Olympian.
On another note, Boo Bear is now 14 weeks seizure free. I hope I am not jinxing anything but putting this in black and white, but it is definitely cause for celebration. Autism does not scare me, but epilepsy certainly does!
If anyone local has some spare time the third weekend in June ,please come down to the University of St. Thomas where the state meet is being held. There will be runners on the track, swimmers in the pool, basketball players on the courts and gymnasts in the gym. These athletes work their hearts out for a smile and a high five. Please come cheer them on. See you at the track!