I picked up my friend JA and we headed down to the beach. It was in the mid 30's today and snow/raining. After we found someone to snap our picture, off we went. Because of my back, we walked. It was really nice to be able to talk and walk and get to know each other better. JA and I have only been friends since September. Ours sons are now BFs. She is super fun and I am glad we hit it off. She is a runner who stopped for a while and is now getting back into it. Yeah you, JA!
|Me and JA|
The walk was cold and once we turned around, I had a hard time seeing out of my wet glasses. No worries though, we were here to honor the memory of women whose life was cut way to short. She was a wife, mother, daughter, friend, and teacher and she was loved by many. Beth has said that people from all over the world are participating in this event. How amazing is that! I am still so new to running, but have found a wonderful community of people who have and continue to inspire me.
Along the way, we saw a few other walkers and runners out, we were the only ones who had Sherry bibs on. One man who was walking his dog stopped us to ask what the bibs were all about. We told him and I am sure he finished his walk today with Sherry on his mind.
I was happy to be able to do this. I have thought a lot about Sherry and her family since January 7th. I cannot even imagine what that must feel like. I am angered that her husband was robbed of growing old with his wife. I am angered that her children were robbed of having a mother. I am angered that her future grandchildren were robbed of a grandmother. I am angered that students lost a great teacher. These are things that each and every one of us is entitled to. No one has the right to take that from us.
What do we do with this anger? Well, I think, today was a great start. I will never forget Sherry and I hope her family can find peace and heal. I pray every day that her body is brought home so her family and friends can say a proper good-bye. We all deserve to be able to walk out our door and feel safe and I hope that message got across today. I am pretty sure the earth shook with all the running today and that makes me proud. Thank you for reading and running along with me.
Run strong, think big and RIP Sherry!