He chose to run to daddy instead of the finish line.
You know Imoh Umoren? The guy who directed The Happyness Limited?
Well, we're not here to talk about his movies or several commercials, we're here to talk about his best friend, Imoh Umoren II. Yup, his son.
Father and son were having a good time together at Imoh II's Inter-house Sports competition. Imoh was going to run a race.
On your marks.
Imoh's race began, and daddy cheered. Imoh II seemed like he was headed for a top finish, then he saw daddy, and in those moments of choosing between daddy and the race, he chose daddy.
Imoh II abandoned the race just so he could go hug his daddy. Daddy hugged back, but then daddy told him to go continue the race. He still went on to finish the race, and finish 4th.
Talk about potential.
Imoh had a second event, and he still managed to finish 3rd!
When asked what happened, he said;
“It was his first race, but we had been rehearsing all week in the front yard. Imoh had a strong start, but it sort of fell apart when he spotted me taking a picture of him and came to hug me,”
“I think part of it may be that he always ran into my arms while we were doing our little training at home,” he added. “But he’s a bit of a hugger, and maybe to him, that is a natural ending to a race: run into daddy’s arms.”
In that moment, I was telling him to stop, but he couldn’t figure out why he had to. He ran towards me giggling, so I had to explain to him he had to get to the finish line. I don’t think he realized it was a competition!”
“I’m just really lucky to have him. One time I was trying to teach him numbers, and he was struggling a bit with it. When he saw I was slightly disappointed, he said ‘I’m sorry’ and gave me a hug. I mean, I cried a little because he earnestly gives everything his best effort.”
“He’s a pretty smart kid for his age and can sense when you’re having a bad day and literally come and kiss you and offer you water. I’m trying to raise him to be a good man because in a crumbling world we need some sunlight.”