You know the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words?” A thousand words seems like an exaggeration, but for the purpose of this story – and because I’m a writer, not a mathematician – let’s go with it. The first time I saw this picture, six words popped into my head: “Reluctantly crouched at the starting line.” If you’re a Cake fan, you know the rest. If not, just know it’s from a song called “The Distance,” full of hyperbole about tenacity. I’ve looked at this pic many times since then, so we may be at 1,000 words by now.
This is Alani, and she’s three years old. She looks like a sprinter poised at the starting block. A tiny, adorable, toddler sprinter: three-point stance, eyes up, confident smirk, chiseled arms. Wait. Chiseled arms?