Pete Dominick of the Sirius radio show Stand Up with Pete Dominick had me on about a month ago, and forwarded this note he received a couple weeks later:
I have to share with you what happened today, as it was partly due to your show. Today, our whole family (which includes my 11 year old daughter and almost 13 year old son) participated in a 5K of about 700 runners, mostly adults.
I told my daughter to stay with me on the course, which wound through the woods and fields of a state park. Shortly after we began and my husband and son disappeared from sight, my daughter started pulling ahead of me. I knew that I couldn’t keep up with her, so I called out to her to stay with me—I was insanely fearful that alone, she’d be dragged off into the woods, never to be seen again. But in that moment I realized she’d never have a chance of winning a medal if she had to run by my side. I thought of Lenore Skenazy on Stand Up and I made a decision to not allow my fear to hold her back. I told her to run—go for it! Follow the flags and don’t wait for me. She took off like a shot and finished well before me—almost ten minutes before me!
In my nervousness, I still stopped at every point manned by volunteers and asked if they’d seen her—they had and they all informed me she was way ahead. The BEST part?.
She won a medal! She was so shocked and ecstatic at coming in third at the awards ceremony, that she was shaking with excitement and glowing with pride! She’d NEVER have had that moment of triumph had I let my fear win out. So, thank you Pete, for having Lenore frequently on the show and for sharing your own experiences of allowing your daughters to grow. You helped give my daughter this beautiful moment, this triumphant memory.
As always, thanks for being an inspiration!