Happy birthday, Candace Parker

CP is 23 today, April 19. I happen to remember the night of the day she was born, as I ran my lifetime PR in the 10k. Her mother said CP was born with her eyes open, looking around. Interesting.

A few weeks ago, CP took a moment to do something she didn’t need to do at all: she found my kid in the crowd and waved goodbye to her. (We had seen CP before the game we were all at). I’ve always been one to watch what people do rather than necessarily listening to what they say, and CP’s actions spoke volumes that night. Candace Parker is a caring person, and she’s pretty damned nice, too.

Happy birthday, Candace. I will see you on the court in June.