Our first race without Ashton's best friend and favorite Team Hoyt VB pusher, who is away at college.
All of that equalled one amazing experience, literally, One Perfect Day.
One. Perfect. Day.
That was the theme of this year's Surfers Healing experience. August 17, 2013 did not disappoint. Nor did the night before either. On August 16th, there was an amazing Welcome Luau for the surfers of Surfers Healing on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Amazing food, great entertainment (the boys enjoyed watching the dancers) and the opportunity to connect with members of the Autism community is always a major plus. Meeting the Surfers and reconnecting with some of our favorites from years past is always a blessed moment. We trepidatiously watched the weather forecase all day and were overjoyed when the Surfers Healing VB folks decided to go ahead with the luau.
|Happy Boys prior to the Luau....|
It was interactions like that one, that lets me know that we've got an amazing and supportive autism community in this area. People are so understanding and forgiving. Not many people would take too kindly to this big 14-year-old boy running up to them and wanting to impulsively touch their baby and give them kisses.
We left the luau with the promise of waves and a fun time the next morning. Ashton was super stoked for the Surfers Healing 5K race and then to surf again. Home for meds, bedtime and packing out stuff up for a fun day at the beach the next day.
I was only slightly worried about how Ashton would do in this first race with Marc being away at college. Fortunately, Marc had helped arrange for his friend, Amory Langley, to push Ashton in this race. I later found out it was a mutual decision between Marc and Amory for this to work out, and for that gentlemen, I am grateful. It helped would could have been a traumatic experience for Ashton, be very pleasant and a lot of fun. Also pushing Ashton in this race was Michael Davis, a fellow Team Hoyt VB runner and dear friend of ours who had pushed Ashton with Marc in last year's Surfers Healing 5K race.
|Ashton and Amory, pre-race|
|Amory, Ashton and Michael, pre-race|
|Nearing the finish line - Way to run!|
|Team Ashton ROCKS!|
David, smiling after walking his 5K this time around.
Not sure I'd be so happy after a 5K, even if I was walking!
|Ashton got his baby fix - baby Jack!!! :)|
|He didn't even mind sharing his hat with Jack :)|
|Ashton had a blast hanging out with Amory!|
|hand in hand, he walks off with a volunteer|
|quick lesson before he gets in the water|
|Thank you Danny for capturing this amazing picture!|
|Thank you again to Mr. Christian and Ms. Sonya for assisting Ashton in the water|
and making his second solo surfing experience so enjoyable and fun!
|We're number 1! Hanging out at Tini's frozen yogurt bar.|
One perfect day. One day away from judgement. One day where Ashton could be as impulsive as he wanted to be and no one would stare. One perfect day with friends, new and old. One perfect day, racing with his favorite group of people. One perfect day surfing. One perfect day of summer.
Yes, it was quite simply, One Perfect Day.