While we were waiting for Jason's race, I drove the kids to a nearby park called Oak Meadow. It was Jason's favorite park as a kid, and I could see why. Our kids had a blast- there was a plane and a train for them to climb on, slides, swings, a climbing wall, etc. It was much better to let them run around at this park than on the bleachers at the track. It had just rained and everything was wet, but with nowhere else to go, I had no choice but to let them play. We were able to eat lunch before heading back to the track.
After the meet, we had the chance to reconnect with Paul and Heather Slayton. We headed over to their home. Paul was Jason's best man in our wedding but over the years, with crazy busy lives and the distance, we lost contact with them. We had so much to catch up on- kids and parenting, jobs, marriage... LIFE! The kids played while we talked- it was wonderful to spend an evening with them. We are confident it won't be another 5 years until we see them again.