So last night at dinner, Gracie said "Oh!!! I forgot to tell you something about school today!" I thought I'd already heard most of the day's highlights after school, so wasn't really expecting it when she next said she met the captain of the first Jamaican bobsledding team.
Bridget was wide-eyed, nodding and grinning because clearly she forgot to tell me this gem of a highlight, too. Seriously. How does this story get left out of the day's retelling? We had library, nobody flipped their cards today, Mrs. P. came in to do a writing workshop, I played with such and such at recess, yep, that's about it. Oh yeah! We met a three-time Olympian bobsledder from a Caribbean country that inspired movies and books and a worldwide sensation!
Apparently Devon Harris, three-time Olympian for the Jamaican national bobsledding team, came to talk to Gracie's and Bridget's school for an assembly. He's a motivational speaker now, and Gracie very excitedly recounted his entire life story (plus all about his 2008 children's book, Yes I Can: The Story of the Jamaican Bobsled Team, interestingly illustrated by Ricardo Cortés, who illustrated something else inappropriate for this blog though the sentiment once or twice did maybe cross our minds, I'M SORRY BUT IT'S TRUE. /Tangent)
Gracie even asked him a question (about Olympic medals) and gave him a high-five on the way out. You know, because she's Gracie, and you never know when it will come in handy to have made a bobsledding contact. From Jamaica. There was a time we might have rolled our eyes about this kind of thing, but these days I'm pretty sure it will actually come in handy someday, in some inexplicable way, for this child to have made a bobsledding contact. in Jamaica.
So anyway, thank you, Devon Harris, for coming to Cheyenne, Wyoming to give a motivational presentation to a bunch of elementary school kids. Even though Gracie and Bridget initially forgot to share your visit, your story is not one they'll ever forget : )