This will be my second marathon in Memphis. It was truly one of the most difficult things I have tackled, physically, in my life. I would put it on the same scale as our hike up Colorado's highest peak (Mt. Elbert). 14,440 feet is a long way. There is no oxygen up there, but that is another blog!
I am very thankful to even have a shot at attempting something like this. Pray for the training. Pray that there will be no serious injuries.
Now, as Paul Harvey use to say, is the rest of the story...
I got out of the shower and was inspecting another spot on my foot when I heard Karen say, "be sure and have clothes on when you come out!" Alli, my youngest daughter, was in our bedroom painting her toenails. She had her nail clippers and polish and other paraphernalia sitting in front of her, as she was finishing up.
My toenails were a little long, so I asked Alli if she would mind clipping them for me. (For whatever reason, I like Karen or Alli to clip my toenails.) She said, "sure!"
So I laid on the bed and she sat on the floor and I let my legs hang down at my knees and she went to work. She was clipping away and I was laying there relaxing, not really noticing the smell in the room. She said, "there you go Dad, all done!" I look down at my short, but shiny, toenails! She said, "I love painting your wide toenails Dad! It is just clear-coat! Don't worry!" I really wasn't worried, she, on the other hand, was wondering about my response...
All I know, is that I love my daughter a whole, whole lot. I don't have a whole lot of time left to spend with her at home. I have already experienced this once with my oldest daughter. They grow up! They move out! They get married. Where does time go????
If she wants to give me "shiny toenails," that is fine! It is just a few more minutes we get to spend together, even in the simple, little moments. I hope I never take them for granted!
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Eph 6:4 KJV)
May I be the example, my kids need me to be...
I am training for the marathon with shiny toenails.