The number's the reason I'm excited and it might have been the reason we never got to see her there.
Me, I'm 38. And proud of every bit of it. People are surprised sometimes. It's my best party trick just to tell people my age. Maybe 38 isn't necessarily like what they think. I certainly feel like I'm getting better all the time. I'm constantly adding new accomplishments. Every day I have more behind me.
I was surprised and tickled to see an archer on the front page of the Toronto Star when I popped into a coffee shop this month, and in a lot of turmoil when I read why. Etobicoke gal Kateri made the news because even though her scores would put her in the third spot, she didn't make the Canadian archery team for Pan Am, while a younger player did.
My very competitive friend, Rachel, was at one time moving in a direction that could have taken her to the Olympics doing ballroom dancing. But if she got that far, it would've been her going against, basically, young'uns. Rachel's not the only one who looked at the Kateri situation and said, "Fair's supposed to be fair." Me, I'm willing to say I don't know the details of the situation, and if the rules say that the top 1st and 2nd place are shoo-ins, but Archery Canada gets some discretion on the 3rd, I don't know enough to judge what they should do. But I'm going to enjoy the show way more with someone closer to my age than I would without.
But wait... there's more. Another archer, who was sitting pretty with his own spot on the team, a "fair's supposed to be fair" guy, spoke up about Kateri's deal. He made a Facebook post calling for more respect and equality for women archers from Archery Canada. And because of that, he may lose his spot in the games, himself. I like this guy AND respect and equality for women is huge for me. I want to see where this is going to go. AND I'd enjoy the show way more with someone who speaks boldly about these issues AND someone closer to my age, than I would without them.
So, I bumped a post about my cancer fundraiser on Sunday - haircut and a picnic! - to say all this. Please make a donation. And please, come to the picnic! Everyone's welcome:)