Monday, June 11, 2018

Don't cry because it's over

Collin posed with his Springhill Camp counselors.  Mr. Steady Eddie personality received the dependability award.

Connor was all smiles when I picked him up from camp.  He rated his camp experience as a ten out of ten.

Cooper hugged his counselors and friends.  The boy was a filthy mess, which means he had a ball.

Our very last run with Marie.

The rain didn't stop this group of friends from saying goodbye on the trail.

I'm in a mood.  I feel like sneaking under the bed covers and devouring a tub of ice cream (maybe a peanut butter jar too).  I'm mad at the world, and I'm on the brink of tears.  As icing on the cake, it's raining.  Remember the song, "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down."  I'm battling both, with the added bonus of saying goodbye to a dear friend.

Today, my friend Marie moved to South Carolina.  At 5:45 a.m., our running group met under a blanket of rain for Marie's last run.  Despite the downpour, we logged our last three miles with Marie.  During our final miles, we tried to keep the conversation light.  But in the final steps and last hugs, our tears flowed.

Marie and I have been running together for almost a decade.  We've run thousands of miles together and filled the space of those miles with an endless amount of words.  We've always run on Christmas morning.  It's just the two of us, a beautiful tradition.  Marie is smart, quick-witted, compassionate, and wise.  She's a one-of-a-kind, and she means the world to me.

I have a Marie-sized whole in my heart.

As I've mourned her moving throughout the day, I've thought about my favorite Dr. Seuss quote, "Don't cry because it's over.  Smile because it happened."

When I'm tempted to wallow in pity and erupt into tears, I remember how God lavishly blessed me with my friend Marie.  While we will now live miles apart, it will not diminish the beautiful memories we made with our many miles together.  

We've reached the finish line of our runs, but not the end of our friendship.

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