Rite of Passage

April 2, 2008

When I was younger, I was fairly athletically gifted.  With four older brothers, I was often challenged at feats of strength of agility.  Usually, I would lose.  After all, my brothers would only challenge me if they thought they would beat me.  As I got better at things, the challenges became fewer.

For instance, I remember almost beating my oldest brother, Gene, at a swimming race once way back when he was a lifeguard.  I also remember Raff, third-in-line, would always challenge me to do these ridiculous one-legged squats.  I could never do them (and I don’t believe I can now either).  The challenges became fewer as I got bigger and stronger, though, but probably more to the point, life got busier.

Tonight, I went to my nephew Martin’s baseball game.  His brother, Giovanni, was watching the game, too, but was a little bored.  So I challenged him to a race.  These boys are no doubt getting stronger and faster as they get older.  Having never had a little brother (just older ones), it’s fun to challenge them to physical stuff.  We do pushups and all kinds of stuff.  And like my older brothers with me, they can’t really compete.

I’ll just come out and say it.  Giovanni beat the pants off me.  I’m no runner, but I could always sprint fairly well.  All I have is a quick first step, good for basketball, but not the other sports I play, and certainly not for any sprinting more than 100 yards.  Giovanni wanted to race to the outfield and back, about 500 feet in total.  I thought I had him as we neared the fence to turn around, but damn if he didn’t just take off and leave me in the dust!

Congratulations to my nephew!  This is truly a rite of passage.  He may just be the fastest Sessoms (in our family tree), but I wouldn’t count Gene out without his fair shot.

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3 Responses to “Rite of Passage”

  1. Allice Says:

    I’d bet you got him in a speed walking race. WTF…one-legged squats? I think I will challenge Ellise, I’m doing it tonight!

  2. Josh Says:

    Sorry bud, but the truth hurts. You are now officially an old fart. I’ll bring you some fig newtons and prune juice.

  3. TINO/LAURIE Says:

    UR EX CO=-WORKER.
    I THINK WE CAN PRETTY MUCH BEAT U IN ANY SPORT. U R FAT. LOL W/ ALL THE DIET SODA

    THAT’S JUST TINO TALKING – UR NOT FAT (TINO THINKS HE CAN BEAT U IN A ONE-LEGGED RACE). WE MISS YOU AND HAVE AN EXTRA DONUT TODAY WE ARE SENDING TO YOU


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