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Event judge passes his test as judge and father

A father’s example can come at moment’s notice in providing a guiding light for a young son.

Such an example came one Monday for Brian Strom.

He was the event judge for the boys’ long jump for Monday’s Ferris Invitational track meet at Princeton. His job is to make sure the jumpers make legal jumps, calling out any scratches when they start past the board.

One of the jumpers was his son, Caleb, a junior athlete for PHS, who would place in three individual events and run on the Tigers’ winning 4x2 relay.

Young Strom was seemingly prime to win the long jump when he sailed for a mighty leap, going farther than he ever has before. And he knew it was a real good one.

Then he heard the word, “scratch.” He turned and his father, showed him he’d scratch just by the end of his big toe.

Caleb was disappointed, but not surprised his father, is the pastor of Christ Community Church, made the call against him, saying “he is a minister.”

Caleb asked for his jump to be measured anyway and sure enough, it would have been a personal best at 20-feet, 5 inches, a little less with the scratch, and taken first place. He settled for a fourth place jump of 19-3 3/4.

He’ll gain much more out of it from the lesson learned. He also said now he knows he can jump that far.

That scene made me remember long ago when my dad once returned to a fast food joint to return some money because he had discovered later they had given him too much change. That lesson always come back to me when I have to make a similar choice today.

So dads and moms, always seize the moment to set a good example. You will be glad you did. It will be a long-lasting moment in your child’s life.

• I watched the reports coming out of Boston Monday and was deeply saddened to see the senseless death and destruction of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. But I can’t say I was surprised. We worry about what other countries are doing in the world or would like to do to us, when it seems like we can’t control what goes on inside our borders.

Events like Oklahoma City, Columbine, Sandy Hook and many more. When’s it going to end. I hope you join me in prayer for our great country and ways we can all make it a safer and better place to live.

Despite the evil doers, moments like these also bring out the best in people, who rally around one another and help total strangers in their time of need. It was so neat to see the “NY-B” ribbons being displayed at Yankee Stadium to show the folks in Boston that despite the heated Yankee-Red Sox rivalry that New York stands beside them.

• I’d also like to pass my deepest sympathies to the family of 7-year-old Steven Christian of Buda for their tragic loss. I do not know the Christians, but my heart aches for them. I do know their loss and sorrow is shared by many.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com

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