This evening our family will be getting together at church for a private memorial service. My daughter had her baby cremated and wants the remains placed with her years from now when she is burried. It seems odd to speak of a memorial service for someone who never had a chance to live, but I think you can understand, it is a source of closure.
I'd like to share a poem I just read this week.
I DID NOT DIE
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond's glint on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn's rain
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand on my grave and cry
I am not there. I did not die
Mary E. Frye
David Blaine [1:54 PM]
We have met the enemy...
And he is us. I've been feeling rather lethargic these days. Perhaps it is the change towards colder weather. Perhaps it is a lack of good sleep. Sunday I was going to run, but I didn't feel like it. Not letting that hold me back I dressed and ran anyway. After a half mile I stopped and came back. I had given it a fair shot, but I wasn't able to do it that day, I walked home and took a nap instead. Tuesday I had the day off, I had chores in the morning, but had the run all planned out in my head. That helps, visualize the run, it's harder to blow something off if you have visualized it. Come run time I didn't feel like it, so I took a nap. Then I got up and ran the planned run.
Those of you who might be starting to write these posts off as just a training log might want to read them again and use the run as a metaphor for anything that may be an irritant in your life. I've had plenty of irritants lately, the running is a relief compared to some of the crap these days. I've also just read "Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther
Than the Eye Can See" by Erik Weihenmayer. I'd recomend this tome to anyone who thinks their life sucks. You can't help feeling better. Adios
David Blaine [7:10 PM]
It's Christmas Time
The day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. is the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On my way home from relatives on Thanksgiving day I already saw Christmas trees lit in peoples windows and heard Christmas music on the radio. Thanksgiving is just a speed bump on the highway to a stimulated holiday economy in the U.S.
On Friday morning stores open early, 6:00, perhaps earlier, and people are lined up to the street waiting to get in for the advertised bargains. At one Wal Mart the first woman in line to buy a DVD player for $25 had to go to hospital after being knocked down and trampled by the others at the sound of the bell (?) indicating the store was officially open for business. Her sister stood screaming but no one listened. But it is the holiday season, and in a gesture of good will Wal Mart offered to put a DVD player on hold for the woman. Christmas always brings out the best in everyone in the U.S.
David Blaine [7:55 AM]