Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Heritage

Well, my grandparents have arrived from Massachusettes. For the next six weeks they will be living in my home and getting to know my children. It has already been so much fun to see how quickly the kids have taken to my Meme and Pepe.
We sat up talking tonight after the kids had gone to bed. They have been married almost 56 years and are never short on stories! I learned things about them that I never knew before. I learned that my Pepe cheated on my Meme back when they were teenagers. (They grew up as neighbors...how cute is that?) I learned that my Pepe had a top-secret job when he was in the military and there are things that he knows, that even Meme doesn't know.
I learned that they can finish each other's sentences and feel each other's pain. I watch them and see the love that they share even after all these years. It is wonderful to see a love that is still growing after 56 years together. It is amazing to me, to see a couple that never says a bad thing about each other.
It makes me appreciate my husband and all the things that he does for our family more. I envision a time when I can sit with Josh years from now, with wrinkles on my face and his gray hair, and tell my grandchildren stories.
As my grandmother says, children grow up faster than you know. Soon, you will be alone and they will all be on their own. I need to take the time to love their father and cultivate that relationship, so that when we are alone, we are not lonely.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

5K-Susan G Komen

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!