To my surprise, when I opened my latest issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine and flipped the page to the sketch column I instantly recognized the sketch. It was from this layout that I did in August 2008 from this post back when I was doing one of my page a day runs and then it was published in a CK special issue. Since I didn't get credit for it in the magazine I thought I would give it to myself here. :)
And I thought I would share the story of this layout since I didn't back then.
One thing that I was looking forward to when Drew was born was the thought of sharing my family's love for racing with him. I imagined him experiencing all the fun and exciting times watching his Grandpa race, just like I had as a kid. I just knew that he was going to grow an amazing bond with his Grandpa because of racing. I imagined Drew waving those silly plastic checkered flags and eating stale nachos, a race track staple, just like I did as a kid. I imagined him feeling that same nervous excitement that bubbles up in your stomach when his Grandpa pulled out on the track, just like I did. I imagined all the new memories we were going to build at that muddy playground.
None of that ever happened though. Drew's first race, at just a month old, also happened to be my Dad's last. Dad got sick that night after his race. He got out of his car and blacked out. He hadn't been feeling good and decided that it was time to hang up his racing helmet. I never thought that day would come. I didn't think it would last and figured he would take the rest of the season off and pick it up the next. At the time I thought my dad would race until the day he died. I had no idea that he was close to that day.
Four months later he died.
The only race that Drew has been to since then is his Grandpa's memorial race and if it wasn't for Disney's Cars he probably wouldn't know squat about racing. It still, four and a half years later, bothers me that he won't have that experience in his life.