Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too
– John Mayer
The sudden change of Spring weather to Fall’ish temperatures did not seem to deter eleven thousand runners from anticipating the start of the Big 25 Berlin. Odd and Jörg have been training for months, throughout the winter, to run 25 kilometers. The day had finally arrived on Mother’s Day. The race began and ended at Olympia Stadium. This is the same stadium that hosted the 1936 Olympics and where Jesse Owens won four gold medals. Currently, Hertha BSC football fans come here to watch matches. As we waited along the path leading to the last stretch outside the stadium, Doreen entertained her kids, Marlena and Theo. Once Odd and Jörg recognized us, Jörg surprised us by taking a moment to shower Doreen and his kids with hugs, kisses and even a little chat while running the race. Odd gave us “jazz hands” and didn’t even notice Jörg was still with us, lagging behind, until many meters away. I laughed at Odd and was actually rather touched by Jörg’s amazing thoughtfulness. He is always very affectionate and playful with his family and I know the kids will truly be better because of it. As they came closer to The Finish Line, Jörg took Odd’s hand and they had a “Thelma and Louise” moment. Aaah the joys of achievement!
Marlena poses while we wait to congratulate the dads.
Of course, apples, bananas and beer were naturally offered to the runners. Congratulations to Odd, Jörg and all the runners who traveled from near and far. Also, a small round of applause for all the mums who came out to support the runners and perhaps did not get a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed this year. Maybe next year… But this picture sure made up for it. Oh, the power of a big
embrace! As John Mayer sings, “Fathers be good to your daughters…”