I apologize if I’ve been a bit of a bore about the whole religion thing in my posting lately.  My bad for not changing the record more often.

Well, here’s a bit of a tune-changer:  Some time either earlier this school year or the end of last year – I really can’t recall when – the upper forms at St. Marie of the Blessed Educational Method were told off to run a timed mile.  In that event, the eldest daughter clocked in at a shuffling, albeit not-quite-glacial, time of 10 minutes and change, finishing well back in the pack.

They ran the time trial again this week, and I’m happy to report that the gel finished second out of the whole group, coming in at 6 minutes and change.  Her next younger sister finished not very far behind her.

I happened to be at St. Marie of the BEM this afternoon, exchanging the Scylla of the annual office holiday party for the Charybdis of the school one, when somebody approached me to compliment me on the gel’s speed. “Yes, thanks,” I replied, “It’s amazing what can happen when they actually get off their lazy backsides and apply themselves.”

I must say in the gel’s defense that she was pretty durn pleased with herself as well.  Is it just possible that she’s finally learning something of the pleasure of real achievement?