“Bring in an artifact from your high school years,” Mr. Stephens said. I pondered what I should bring. I had a few ideas, mainly running related. At our Cross Country team banquet sophomore year the team mom printed out pictures of everyone during a race and put them on cupcakes, I intended to bring that in as my artifact. However, I forgot to grab it before I left the house, so I had to find a picture on my phone. I wanted to do another running picture, and my mind immediately went to the Apple Blossom Invitational for track last year. Why that specific meet? I thought to myself looking back on that day. Like a sip of warm apple cider on a cool fall evening my chest started to warm, it was because of the memories I made that day. 

 

Those memories will last me a long time. I laughed, smiled, and cheered my way through the day, with soon to be good friends. Me and two of my teammates were in a race together that day. None of us were ecstatic with how we did; nonetheless, we had a blast that day. We made the best of what we had, and I am thankful for that even to this day. Thinking about that day puts a smile on my face. It really showed me that even if one thing does not go as planned in a day, it does not mean that the rest of the day will be like that. One bump in the road does not mean that it is impassable.

5 thoughts on “Teammates

  1. Overall, I thought this was a good piece. I especially liked your use of theme, diction and specific word choices. Just a couple examples are: I liked how you used “ponder” instead of think in the first line, and i liked how you used ecstatic. I also really enjoyed your use of figurative language with imagery in the last line of the first paragraph, “like a sip of warm apple cider on a cool fall evening my chest started to warm.” (This was my favorite part) When you wrote about how even though no one thought they did well, you all had a blast, It made me think about that scenario in everyday life. Even if the day doesn’t turn out how you expected, it could lead to positive life long memories that we cherish forever.

  2. That day sounds so fun and I’m glad you had fun! I personally don’t think I could ever have fun running, but that’s just me. I loved the line when you said, “Like a sip of warm apple cider on a cool fall evening my chest started to warm, it was because of the memories I made that day.” It gave me goosebumps because I could feel the feeling of my chest warming. Very well written!

    1. It really was, and thank you so much! Running definitely is not for everyone. There is definitely a good and bad side to everything, just like running. I am so glad that that line conveyed that much emotion just like I wanted it to!

  3. Being a runner also, I can relate to what you said about having good and bad days for races as well as practice. I like the ending of your post, because you left on a positive note when you said “One bump in the road does not mean that it is impassable.” It serves to remind me that there is always a good side to everything, and that people will always be there to help me and cheer me on.

  4. I always loved the Apple Blossom Invitational. It is such a fun event every year. Multiple memories are always created at different places you never thought you would end up at. Life is kind of like a run. Things happen that you would never expect to happen; however, it keeps things interesting. I think you did an amazing job phrase that with your last sentence.

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