You would think that the biggest holiday of Islam would have a definite beginning and ending. It does, but it's not up to the 12 month calendar. It depends...on the moon. And the moon readers say when the month of fasting begins and when it ends, and they don't say until they decide the moon is in the exact correct phase.
More immediately important, the fasting will be over. Three days of partying and fireworks.
We got to be there for the last cannon at Safa Park for 2009. At 8:30 last night it was declared. Ramadan is over! Eid Mubarak!
This is big news. But bigger news still, for our little family anyway, and my addiction, is that Bethy decided to run with the Juniors all the way around Safa Park for her very first Predictor!
How excited is Mommy?
Pretty damned excited. She wore one of my club shirts. I was thrilled that for the entire run (which I did with her) she had an awesome attitude, saying things like, "hit it, Mom!!!" "ka-chow!" and "let's get that lap back!"
But I was most excited to hear what she said at the end. After she stopped just short of the finish line (I tried to have her sprint the last part alone,) we ended up crossing hand in hand. Red-faced and grinning ear to ear, she declared: "I wanna come back and do it again next week!"
Oh yeah. That's my girl.
Bethy, post-run with a mutual friend, Brenda, someone I have run many a race and training session beside. She immediately adopted Bethy, adoring her enthusisam and kept exclaiming "She's lovely!"
*This post is dedicated to Cathy O, another lovely runner with great attitude who will be running her first half marathon in Philly, PA today. It won't be her last!*