Saturday, July 29, 2006

When Dark Forces Gather...

When we left our hero he was about to leave for the airport to catch a 3 1/2 hour flight home, with one short stop in Las Vegas. He was due home at 5:30 pm but somehow arrived at 11:30 pm instead. Alas, his bag with all his running gear and his electric guitar were lost en route.

Upon finally arriving home after midnight, his son, running another 103 degree temperature, woke for the first of four times during the night. When young Finn woke for good at 5 our hero had a decision to make. Would he unearth a long-retired pair of running shoes and don his last remaining pair of shorts (affectionately called "the chafers") for the scheduled run through an unrelenting downpour, forsaking his sick son, his daughter and his overworked wife after an absense of 9 days?

The answer...was...no.

My wife took sick Finn to the first available doctor's appointment while I stayed home with Haiden, our 3-year-old daughter. While watching the rain we had a tea party and made play-doh birthday cakes. Now it's one more day of work, then three days off to re-connect with the family. With all the hell that was my travel day yesterday, combined with a sick kid and a neglected family, taking a goose-egg today doesn't feel so bad.

Have a good weekend.

8 comments:

angie's pink fuzzy said...

three cheers for the hero :)

bummer of a way to get home, but I'm sure you're glad to be back. Enjoy your days with your family :)

Eric said...

If I was any closer to Tucson, I'd jump in my car, drive over and punch you in the face just to make you feel better. What a terrible sequence of events.

Did you locate your stuff yet? Hope the man of the house is feeling better soon. Enjoy your time off.

Dusty said...

Good for you - balance is everything and enjoy those tea parties while you can!

Hope your son is better and you found your guitar (hey, forget the shoes - always a great excuse to pick up a fresh pair! besides - with your mileage logs, they might be worn out already).

Omniscient said...

Long run tomorrow?

tb1 said...

Good for you!!

Blaxabbath said...

Yeah! Goose eggs are the staple of my training!

Thomas said...

103F? Crikey, that's a lot. I hope the poor little mite is feeling better by now. Well done on skipping the run, I bet it wouldn't have gone down well with Kiera. As for the "chafers", that's funny, because I've got a pair with the identical name.

Love2Run said...

A day off? No kidding? You're sure to avoid the overtraining syndrome as long as you don't make up for it on the next run. Seriously, I hope your stuff shows up soon and the little guy is biting your ankle again soon.