“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.