He had a bad day. A bad week, really.
He got sent to the principal’s office.
Then sent home.
You forgot who you are, and that’s okay, Orion. (He nodded.)
You forgot you’re the boy who runs 10 miles in the mountains. (He nodded again.)
Everyone forgets sometimes who they are, everyone has bad days (weeks). What everyone doesn’t do... is take responsibility for their behavior. You are not everyone else. You are you. You are my son, and we choose to take responsibility for who we are and what we do.
Tomorrow is tomorrow. Today is today, and it’s done.
Then we ran long and hard and hilly and under a golden sunset, and his laughter filled my ears and his smile was the moon in a Summer sky.
Sometimes it takes the trails to remind us.