Ry's sibs (his dad doesn't like to be in pics, don't know if they want the kiddos on the blog, plus also include his brother in law, and his sister's fiance).
my sweet "grinchy" puppy wearing his grinch bandana
If you remember, last year around this time, I wrote the post about "first world problems: the real edition". It had a similar theme. I'm saying this just as much for myself as for anyone else. Hug the ones you have, say "I love you" often, know that there are terrible, awful people in the world, but also that there are amazing, kind-hearted, loving people too. If you have a child, take care of them. Hold them tight. Make them feel special, even if they're different. I'm a firm believer that often there are so many people who are messed up in the world because no one chose love for them. They chose animosity, indifference, to shun them because they weren't the same as them. Rather than choosing love and helping, they chose hate and turned their backs. How can we ever expect change if we don't accept differences? Whether that's differing beliefs, different mental states, different ways to love.
I wish I had answers for why a tragedy like this happened, but I don't. All I can do now is choose love, support those in need, and be grateful for all that I have in my life. As a tribute, I ran 2.7 miles and wore their school colors of green and white today: 2.7 miles for 27 lives gone too soon.
It's obvious that things need to change, but whatever those changes are, they need to be rooted in love. In remembering that hate doesn't solve problems, it only creates more problems. If we want to be shining examples for the children who did survive, we have to prove to them that not all monsters are real, and that love can get you through it.
Sending love to each and every single one of you. And a virtual hug.
And because I don't want to end on too serious of a note, here is two happy things for my day:
Ry and I got into Cherry Blossom ten miler!
and I'm all set for my first race of 2013! The Auto Show Shuffle 5k: http://www.autoshowshuffle.com/ . It takes place Jan 19 in downtown Detroit. and you also get a discounted entry into the Auto Show! Anyone else in?
-How are you showing your loved ones today/recently that you love them?
-Tell me one thing you feel grateful for right now?
-On the lighter side, anyone else get into cherry blossom?
-Who else is in for the auto show shuffle?