My daughter, Marlee, and I ran the half marathon together this year. I really didn’t think she could do it. She told me she had trained this year at college, which is many miles away from where I live. I didn’t believe her.
I know she has a tough spirit, and that she works exceptionally hard in college, both as a gifted actor and an academic student. Still, honestly, I wasn’t sure she could really complete 13.1 miles. I had trained hard and run these races every summer. Marlee normally cheered for me when I woke her up after I got home from the race. She would yawn and smile her sweet smile. But this year was different. Marlee surprised me.