Within CrossFit, I feel like we talk constantly about how close we all are, how positive we stay when talking to one another, how supportive we are of people in and out of training. We obviously know it, because we always talk about it. To other people that love it all as much as we do.
Jonah is not what I would call a “lover of CrossFit”. He’s been immersed in it since he was born, but he just really doesn’t like any of it: he doesn’t like hanging out in the gym…at all, he doesn’t like doing the workouts even if he’s with other kids his age in the middle school class, and he does not appreciate how much we all talk about it including the endless amount of time that we talk outside of the gym.
He doesn’t complain about it or get frustrated with us when it’s all happening (the talking that is…he complains about having to do it himself 100% of the time he’s doing it). He just shuts off a little and drifts away doing his own thing.
So, you can imagine my surprise when he said to me in the car yesterday, “CrossFit’s like one really big family, huh?”
I asked him to tell me why he thought that, and he just said, “Well, you guys are all so nice to each other. You always cheer for each other. You’re always helping each other. You guys do everything together. And, you spend so much time with each other.”
I don’t know why, but that statement meant way more to me coming from Jonah than it would have if Ben or Maya said it.
For someone who doesn’t love it as much as us…or, even like it…he sure had some really nice things to say about the community he’s watched almost since the day he was born.
And, it’s true. All of it. There are probably another hundred things I could add to his list about why it does feel like such a huge, dysfunctional family, but those are real, real good ones to start with.
I just love that child so much.