Alex’s birthday was on Father’s Day. It was also the day of the Strawberry Days benefit runs. For those of you who do not live in small towns, google Glenwood Springs and Strawberry Days. It is an example of Americana and an entire community supporting each other, a taste of what small towns are all about. This means June 19th was not all about Alex it was about John and Strawberry Days too. I had expected an Alex temper tantrum about being ignored. I am happy to say I was wrong.
The RFMN, Alex’s Special Olympic team runs each year in the mile run/walk. They also volunteer at one of the watering stations for the longer distance runners. For this honor they are awarded a donation from the local Rotary club. The athletes and the observers love this and most importantly the Roaring Fork Mountain Niño’s receive much needed funding.
Alex’s birthday this year was easy:
• 5:45 wake-up to get to Glenwood Springs
• Man the water station from 7:00 – 9:00
• Run(walk, sprint, walk, sprint) the 1 mile from 9:15 – 9:45
o Get a happy birthday shout out from the race MC
• Cake with Special Olympic Team at 11:00
• Home so Mom could play tennis (yes I was allowed!)
• Relax around the house with NO whining about boredom and being ignored
• Family dinner celebrating Father’s Day and Alex’s 18!
I am still pinching myself to make sure Alex does not have a delayed reaction to her lack of a massive birthday party. I almost believe that at 18 Alex has had another jump in maturity and finally realized birthdays are not about presents. Could it be true my extraordinary daughter is acting like a young adult? I really hope so, as over 35 combined years of birthday parties are exhausting.
As with everything with that extra chromosome, only time will tell if we have climbed another mountain. But, as always I am a believer. Maybe next year will be even better……no cake!