There is a favorite quote of mine: “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” It was written by Elizabeth Stone.
I really absorbed the truth of that when Guy was diagnosed with asthma when still a toddler. My instinct was to hold him tight, and never, ever let him go, but I knew that was never going to be possible. My little bundle of energy was never going to be still, and somewhere inside I knew that it was right to let him run and jump, play and climb with the other kids. It was just going to be up to me to worry more.
Maybe if it hadn’t been for Guy’s asthma we would never have emigrated. It wasn’t the only factor in the decision, but it was a big one. South Tenerife’s warm, dry climate was going to be kinder than the damp of North West England.
So he did run and play. He played soccer and rugby and basketball. He ran races, he swam, he surfed, he skated and skateboarded, and he dived. He won races, and set a record at the annual athletics meet of the British Schools of the Canary Islands one year. He was House Captain at school, encouraging his House to give their all.
In short, sport has always been a huge part of his life. One of his sports teachers called him “Mr 100%”, and another almost begged me to reconsider moving, so that he could play rugby for his school, and all this with me, heart in mouth, and trying not to let it show.
After school came years of living in the US, knowing he was running and doing other sports, and being so far away.
So – you can probably see that part of my heart which is walking around outside of my body beating madly with pride since Guy completed the London Marathon in 3.57.45 last Sunday!!! Not only was his time better than expected, but at the finish he was fresh and happy.
My sons never cease to amaze me. This is the latest event to make my heart skip faster. I would be bursting with pride even if he didn’t have asthma, but that he didn’t let him stop him, that he didn’t let it scare him is awesome. If you would like to read his own words, you can find them here, written before the race www.justgiving.com/Guy-Wainwright
More thoughts about the race experience later.