Snippets Of Life With Lu
Hugh A Brown
Copyright 2009 Hugh A Brown
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I was trembling like a leaf. Sweat was pouring down my face and I had butterflies in my stomach. This was it. Suddenly there was the crack of the starter’s pistol and I was off in a flash. The runner in the lane to my right was about six feet ahead and was running hard but I was pretty sure I could catch him. I could hear the cheers from the crowd as the gap between us lessened, I passed him with around 10 metres to go and could see that I had the race won when suddenly someone shot by me on my left. It was Andre, my classmate who had finished third in our last race. I couldn’t believe my eyes. My lungs felt as if they would burst as I tried to run even faster. It was hopeless. Andre burst through the tape and I had to settle for a close second.
Holding back my tears, I approached my grandfather who had been watching the race from the sidelines. “Good run Lu,” he said as he patted me on the head. “I could have beat him Gramps, but I saw him too late,” I said. My grandfather just laughed and said,” come on Lu, you have to admit that the chap did show you a clean pair of heels.” Seeing that I was still upset, my grandfather told me that I reminded him very much of himself as a boy. He said, “I was just like you as a kid, I never played a game unless I thought I could win but it’s no use being a sore loser. Nobody likes that.”