Handsome, ain't he. (Don't tell him I said so.)
His second event was the 400 meter which is one lap around the quarter mile track. He gave it his all but since this really isn't his event he came in last in his heat. After giving this a lot of consideration and after tying his results into some conversations we've had, a lot of the reason he did not do well yesterday was mental. Dakota is a kid (14 years old) who finishes what he has committed to. Several of the kids decided to quit track when it began to interfere with the end of the year festivities. Many of them were the teams better athletes and it really hurt the team's meet results the latter half of the season. Dakota got very disallusioned with this particular situation. He worked hard, ran hard, jumped high, but at this last meet when there were only about half of the original team there, it was hard for him to give 100%. I really don't blame him.
Can you tell it's the last morning of church camp.
Dakota will go on to high school next year. Hopefully he will be able to wrestle, run track, and he is considering the tennis team. We are looking forward to watching him participate in whatever sports he chooses next year. Whatever they are, the school will benefit greatly from having Dakota, both as a student and as an athlete. Dakota, we will be sitting in the stands yelling "Run Baby Run" no matter what you are doing (We'll sound pretty silly yelling run, baby, run when you are jumping the high jump but at least you'll know who it is.). We will however hold our tongues when you are getting academic awards (yeh, maybe we will).
Love you to Heaven and back,
DAKOTA C. SMITH
Dakota is a special young man
Full of love and Affection bar none.
He’ll give you a hug and a Kiss if you ask
Sometimes Off the cuff when day’s done.
He loves to run Track and to jump very high,
Runescape his "Arcade" game of choice.
Outside with his friends, C.amp at least for two weeks,
Summer Selections if given a voice.
Give him a keyboard and Music he’ll play.
His poodle, Reese, Is his favorite pet.
The thing I love mosT in this wonderful lad
Is that on Heaven his future is set!
Mimmy aka Joyce Smith
May 16, 2009