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Humanity
I've had a week to chew on and digest what the heck happened in Boston.  Between being a marathon runner, having my brother and other family in Boston and knowing a couple Boston Marathon runners...the news last Monday hit me like a punch to the gut.  I wasn't sure if I was scared or angry or surprised or...WHAT!  My mind was racing a hundred miles an hour but the calm finally took over as I was reminded about something on Facebook...yes, Facebook. 

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."  -Fred Rogers
 

It was so crazy to see how many people ran TOWARDS the explosions.  Those in the refreshment turned medical tent remarked on how oddly calm everyone was in the middle of the chaos.  How literally, people were giving the shirts off their backs and the belts from their pants to be used as tourniquets.  When you stop to think about the fact that not one person who came through that tent passed away from their injuries is nothing less than a miracle and due largely because of the selfless acts of their fellow human beings.  And that's what I choose to remember when anyone brings up April 15th, 2013.  Humanity.



 

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OH what a wedding!
Three years ago today Marc, me and 34 of our favorite people were on a snorkeling cruise on the blue waters of Cozumel.  It was the day after our wedding and it was sort of our last hurrah for everyone to laugh together one last time before we all took planes home in all different directions.  Boston, NYC, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Utah, Colorado, South Carolina, Chicago and Wisconsin...we were well-represented.  The week was so full of memories and life-time stories which I knew would be the case, but what I hadn't planned on was the relationships that were formed from our wedding week.  People who started the week only knowing of each other or not knowing at all who each other was, left as forever friends.  We all laughed that we had never been on Facebook so much in our lives when we got home because there were so many pictures and inside jokes being posted that no one wanted to be left out.  It was the most perfect wedding for us...and I'll forever feel blessed at the love that surrounded us that entire week and forever forward.

And the most important part of the week...the wedding.  I got to marry an amazing man who, yesterday for our anniversary reminded me of some of the reasons why I did.  A surprise at the station with flowers explaining to me that he took the day off, brought our son, Everett to my parent's house, was headed back to the house to clean and make dinner.  When I got home there were candles lit and beef tenderloin with mushroom ragout that was well on its way to being done.  Marc picked out my favorite wine, 14 Hands and poured me a glass.  After dinner, he cleaned up and I was told that he'd take care of it and I should go take a bath.  So I did...with some ice cream and a million bubbles.  Just as I got into my jammies, I hear a familiar pitter patter of sweet 15-month old bare feet (you can't keep socks on this kid if you bribed him with a pony.).  It was a good day...definitely a good day....
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