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“Was it a regular sprint or a Mom Sprint?”
Silly me. I hadn’t realized there was a difference.
Last night I took my eleven year old daughter to her softball game. The whole team was there, in their uniforms, ready to play. Unfortunately, the other team never showed. So instead of going home disappointed, they decided to divide the team in half so they could play each other. They filled the empty spaces with coaches, umpires and... parents.
I don’t really know how to play softball. I know you hit that round thing with the stick, and then go for a run, but that’s about it. “Play Second Base,” the coach told me. So I went to second. But I warned everyone. “I can’t throw, and I can’t catch, but other than that... I’ve got you covered!”
Eventually my turn to bat rolled around. I stood next to the plate and held up the bat. “Keep your elbow up!” the coach advised. I did. “No. The other elbow.”
Good thing the kids were pitching to me. The ball came, and I took a swing and hit it. I took off for first base, but by the time I got there, the ball had arrived first and I was out.
This morning, I woke up and realized I was really sore. What happened? I told my daughter I was sore, and she reminded me of the game. “Did you sprint last night? Did you really run?” How fast did I go? I didn’t realize there was such a thing as a Mom Sprint. Apparently it’s used by people who don’t often try to run very fast, and is sort of... a jog.
Having not been recently chased by anything, it made me wonder how long it’s actually been since I tried to move that quickly. The good news is, that I must have actually run for it, or I wouldn’t be so sore. The bad news is, it must have been a long time since I tried to sprint— Or I wouldn’t be so sore.
I wish the best of everything to all the moms out there! You deserve an award, and you do so much for your families, no matter how fast you can sprint.
© A.J. Park
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