What a fulfilling, gratifying week. Honestly, I felt like Dorothy in Oz, but only the good parts (no scary monkeys or "I'll get you, my pretty!" moments, thankfully). I clicked my heels--or floored my minivan, more accurately--and hit the yellow brick road otherwise known as I-25.
Meeting so many strong, vibrant women and hearing their stories about parenting, running and other life adventures are memories that I'll have forever. I met Jen, who is pregnant with her third on the Denver fun run, who quoted me back to me (a pinch-me moment for a writer) when we were talking about how you can only do three things well in your life at once, a fact I mentioned in the post-pregnancy chapter. (And truth be told, I was quoting Oprah, who probably won't get the same rush if she found out I quoted her.) I met Laura, who is running Boston today (go, Laura, go!) after recently being treated for cancer. I met Gladys, a woman originally from Venezuela, who joined our fun run after five months of injury-induced rest. I even caused Kelly to cry (the good kind of tears, I hope).
But an extended period away from home means my to-do list is ridiculous, my fridge is empty and my kids need attention. (Ben asked today if I was going to write another "Run Mother" book. I asked why he was wondering. "I don't want you to," he replied. Point taken.). So instead of writing too much, I'll let the pictures do the talking.
Plus, if you're like me, you occasionally appreciate a sparse use of words. At the library, Ben, currently a train addict, pulls out these tomes on the history of locomotives. "Too many words," I say, imagining the 10,000-word opus becoming his favorite and my reading it daily for 2 weeks straight, "Find one with more pictures."
Time to click my heels three times and get back to reality...or at least plan more RLAM stops.
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