Well, it has come...and gone. The Susan G. Komen 5K was today...man, what a rush! I CANNOT wait to do it again next year. As Lacey said, it was amazing to be a part of something so much bigger than yourself.
All around us were dedications to boobs! It was hilarious! Some called them boobies, others had "breast friends" and a fraternity was even running to save the "hoo-hahs"!
All around us were people running for family and friends who weren't able to overcome the disease. Men running in memory of their wives. Young women running for Moms that will not be clapping for them at the finish line. Children running for Grandmas and brothers running for sisters. The outpouring of love in that crowd was something that everyone should experience, at least once in their life.
Lacey asked me if I ever thought about the fact that one day, I will be running "In Memory of Mom" instead of "In Celebration of Mom". Yep. Of course that has crossed my mind. But, I prefer to think about it happening in the very distant future. The distant future where my children are grown and their children are growing. The future where my grandchildren will run for "Great-Grandma Pat."
Hope is an amazing thing. It is not tangible. It is not something that you store away, but hold out there for everyone to see. Being in that crowd of thousands and feeling the hope in those people is healing to anyone's mind and body...no matter what may have caused the scars.
SEE YOU IN 2008!