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Success Sunday PostID 1363

  • November 30, 2008 12:07 pm

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“We find the turkey in the woods. We cut our turkey and then we put it in our oven and cook it at 46 degrees for 65 minutes. We make the turkey taste just like chicken. We eat the turkey when it comes out of the oven.“
––The Elder

Recently The Elder’s kindergarten class was asked how they would go about cooking a turkey. The K Teacher typed up the classes responses and above is The Elder’s quote to be successful (ok so it was a stretch for this week).

Here were some snippets of the other responses from his classmates:

“We will cut the turkey in half and put it in the oven and burn it for ten minutes.”

“Grandma has to pick the feathers off of the turkey.”

“You let it cool off and then you eat it and go to bed.”

“I get a turkey at the bakery.”

“We cook it for 160 minutes in a VERY hot oven that we can’t touch.”

“We wait until everyone gets to the house and then we bake the turkey for one minutes in the microwave.”

“Mom goes outside to get a turkey, but I don’t know where. Then she washes it and puts in the oven for 10 minutes until it burns.”

“We shoot a turkey with a gun. We put it in the oven for 16 minutes. We get forks and knives and eat it!”

“Then we put mustard on it and we eat it.”

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Success Sunday PostID 1329

  • November 23, 2008 7:01 pm

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“I hit the wall around mile 25.“
––The Hub

Today was the day The Hub turned into an official Marathon Maniac. Last weekend he finished the Rutledge Marathon and we are currently on our way home from Nashville after he ran the Harpeth Hills Marathon. It’s not known for the flatness of it’s course, not even the rolling hills that are common in Tennessee. No, it’s known for the crazy changes in elevation in a short distance all throughout the Percy Warner Park.

Overall Elevation Profile

I can’t tell you how proud i am of him for completing it. While we were waiting for him at the finishline, I told the kids to go run with him because he looked tired. I was hoping that they would give him a second wind and I think he was glad, other than the fact The Younger knock off a couple of seconds on his time because he couldn’t keep up and was getting upset. The Hub forgave him. lol

The Hub was tired. More than tired – exhausted. More than exhausted, but alive! His first word was “cold.” So I quickly wrapped him in the mylar blanket like a hot potato in foil. I pulled out the power bar and goo that was in my pocket in case he needed it at mile 14, but he didn’t. Thank goodness they were still in my pocket and thank goodness The Younger insisted on bring a bag of dried mangoes. We jointly fed him. Near the end of the bag of he said that he was starting to feel coherent.

Me: When did you hit the wall?
The Hub: I hit the wall around mile 25.
Me: That’s good.
The Hub: I have no recollection of the last 2 miles. I was just moving and I felt a little dizzy. Well, not dizzy but…
Me: woosy?
The Hub: Yes.

Why did I choose his quote for today’s Success Sunday? Not because of what he said, but what he did – crossed the finishline. At the sound of the gun at 8am this morning, he had a goal. That goal was to cross the finishline. I think many people hit a wall in their quest to reach their goal. I know that I have. I’ve hit a wall, just shy of my goal and I’ve let my exhaustion (mental, physical, emotional) convince me that I didn’t want my goal bad enough to keep “running the race.” For a marathoner, they know how much further they have – 26.2 miles total. For others, we don’t always know how much further we have to go to reach the goal. It makes me a little sick to my stomach to think, ‘what if I was just at mile 25, and I gave up so close to the finishline?’ From my experience from mentoring and coaching, I have seen that in others. The Hub basically put himself on autopilot when he hit the wall, doing the only thing that guaranteed progress – putting one foot in front of the other. He taught me a lesson in success today, and I hope that my readers gained from it too!

Congratulations, you Maniac! I’m so proud of you!

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  • November 9, 2008 9:59 pm


"Trust Yourself, you know more than you think you do."
–Benjamin Spock

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