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Recently, my 5-year-old nephew, Lincoln, began racing "duht bikes" (he can't pronounce his "R"s very's cute).  Last weekend, he had a race.  My brother, the proud papa who started Lincoln racing, gave me a call and invited me out.  So, of course I packed up the car and drove the 3 1/2 hours through the California desert to watch my nephew race.  We packed up sandwiches, soda, chips, fruit and water and headed out past Parker to watch the race.  My brother has recently started racing as well and got a few practice runs on the track for his races the following day.

My brother on his "duht bike" My nephew, Lincoln, geared up and ready to race, man! Lincoln in action on his "duht bike"

It ends up that only a few kids showed up for the race.  And, by a few, I mean three (the absolute bare minimum "a few" can be).  The kids just practiced and practiced, hoping more kids would show up.  Unfortunately, they didn't.  The owner of the track didn't want to disappoint the kids who did show up and decided that they would referee a race anyway just for fun.  One of the kids had something break on their bike, so they were unable to race.  That left my nephew and another kid, who looked like he had been riding since before he could walk.  The kids were excited about racing around the track, though.  They didn't care it was just the two of them.

Lincoln finishes the race in one piece!

When the checkered flag flew, my nephew, the other boy (who was about 8 or 9) and two of the older kids that helped build the track were racing around as fast as they could.  Everytime they passed my little nephew, they would slow down to make him feel a part of the race for a while and then speed up and race each other again.  The encouragement my nephew received from these guys made him try harder.  And, when everyone else was done and off the track, he just kept going until he finished all of his laps and my brother called him off the track.  All of the parents were hootin' and hollerin' as all the boys went by.  But, I think my nephew got the most because he just kept going.  It's not important whether you win or lose.  It's important that you finish the race.

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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

I agree with trying your best- but 2nd, 3rd, 4th, all works if you are doing your best!

Mar 23, 2009 12:35 AM #1
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

That's exactly true, Cindy. 

Mar 23, 2009 12:37 AM #2
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Wonderful story and a great message, 

Thank you for the post

Mar 23, 2009 12:38 AM #3
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

You have to try to do your best and hopefully have fun along the way.


Mar 23, 2009 12:41 AM #4
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

Thank you for stopping by and reading my little blog, Fernando.  I had hoped a reader would understand the message.

That's right, Kathy.

Mar 23, 2009 12:41 AM #5
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

GOOD MORNING HEATHER!  Nice story!  I always tell my daughter that as long as she tries - she's a winner! -- Gabrielle

Mar 23, 2009 12:42 AM #6
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hi Heather,
That is the message I am trying to convey to my little one.  Thanks.

Mar 23, 2009 12:44 AM #7
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

Gabrielle and Cynthia - It's the same story I always tell my son, too.  Try the best you can.  That's all we can expect.

Mar 23, 2009 12:51 AM #8
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

ToulaRosebrock.comHi Heather:

There is something to be said about doing your best, not worrying about being 1st or 2nd...

Mar 23, 2009 01:39 AM #9
Zane Coffin
Century-21 Homestar - Geneva, OH
(Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent)

Hi Heather I was wondering when you were going to post the pics... tell Lincoln great job and if you do your best every time your a winner....peace zane

Mar 23, 2009 01:51 AM #10
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

Exactly, Toula!

Oh, belive me, Zane.  He knows! :)

Mar 23, 2009 02:16 AM #11
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