#SOL18 – WIP Chapter 13

The cross-country season is ending. With each race, I improve on my time.

By the last race, I actually run a faster time than Jacob did in at the end of his 8th grade year.

My mom shared that piece of information with me.

I never finished ahead of him this year, but he is in 9th grade, after all.

At the end of the year party, where we got pizza, I got the “Most Improved” runner award. I guess it was for coming in a little faster each time we ran.

I got a bottle of Gatorade as my “trophy.” It was cool.

Then I had to run off to Technology Student Association (TSA) because it started a few weeks ago, but since I was running, I couldn’t go.

My parents told me that I didn’t have to participate in TSA because Jacob had gone to nationals (and placed) two times. They said I didn’t have to follow in his footsteps again.

The thing is, we do TSA stuff in my tech ed class and I really like it. I think I’m actually good at it.

Some of my new friends, like Aaron, and an old friend, Will, are doing it too, so it’s a popular middle school event that I don’t want to miss out on.

Besides, if I do well, I get to go to states and stay in a hotel with my friends. I’ve never done anything like that before.

I don’t think I will even sleep!

7 thoughts on “#SOL18 – WIP Chapter 13

  1. This mini-memoir gives us so much to think about–goals, family ties, talents. The innocence of youth, when the world is wide open and everything is a wonder.

  2. I’m excited for Jack, too. He seems to be following in his brother’s footsteps, but he’s also following his own goals, so that’s good.
    I love how Jack is slowly but surely is coming into himself.

  3. Even though Jack is following in his brother’s footsteps it seems that his reasons for doing so are goals he set for himself and not goals to be better than Jacob. In the future I can see Jack surpassing Jacob in some things.

  4. Yay Jack! A bottle of Gatorade as a trophy – this made me chuckle.

    I have seen quite a change in Jack since the beginning of this WIP. He is starting to evolve into his own person outside of the close-by shadow of his older brother. I don’t think that the overshadowing is intentional on Jacob’s part, but I have to wonder if he fully understands Jack’s perspective?

    The takeaway from this chapter is that Jack is starting to shine as his own little star. This is a 180 from the beginning, and I am so hopeful that Jack continues to shine brightly!

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