When her son was struggling to keep up in high school track and field and cross country, Krista Keating-Joseph wrote a book about him, for him.
It was nothing huge, just a short children’s book about Charlie’s perseverance, despite the fact that he was smaller than the other runners. She had her mother — his grandmother — draw illustrations for it.
As Charlie grew bigger, won his first medal and even earned a small college scholarship for running, she wrote a happy ending for the book and considered it done. It lay on a shelf, and although Charlie asked her to publish it, she never got around to it.