I’ll start by saying I’m not my usual shawty farty self today. My heart is breaking for how quickly life can take a turn.
We got a call last night that my son’s favorite teacher, Mr. Cribby, was in the hospital in critical condition with a bacterial infection. He had been at school last week, but not feeling so well. Today I learned that they had to amputate his arm to save his life. Mr. Cribby is not just any teacher. He is one of those rare souls who sees the best in everyone and takes genuine interest in those around him. He loves all things nature and science and his passion is contagious. I don’t think anyone was more excited to hear that Sam was going to Costa Rica than Mr. Cribby. He just has a way about him that is all at once comforting, embracing and educating. I believe he is 47 years old.
You just never know what can happen. Life turns on a dime. Live it. Eat it up. Love it. Take no thing and no one for granted. Realize it’s all so fragile.
The good part of my day is being able to hand out these two Boston Marathon entries. I’m going to pull a line from the Bachelor and say, “This was a very hard decision. Everyone was amazing.” There were about 90 entries in total. I enlisted a panel of nine people to help me out. I narrowed down the 90 to the top ten and the panel decided from there. The top ten were a mix of BQ’ers who weren’t able to register, people who thought they might never be able to BQ, and runners who simply loved the allure and spirit of the Boston.
If you are a winner, contact me immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Salonpas needs to know the winners TODAY. If I don’t hear from you, I will pick a runner up. The winners are:
1. Stephanie from It’s All Happening.
2. Charlyn from Pain is Nothing.
I think it’s obvious from the depth and spirit of these entries why they won. Truly, though, all of the essays were incredible and inspiring. Wish Salonpas had given me 90 entries.
Off to love up my family,