I woke up today reliving the sadness of Sherry, as I’m sure most of you did too. I know many people are angry right now about what happened to Sherry. I am still in a profound and deep place of sadness. The kind of sadness where your heart is so heavy you can actually feel the weight of it in your gut.
Taken at my cousin Anna’s wedding in 2004
There is comfort in small things. A warm fire. A hug from my mom, Sam, Ken or Emma. Phone calls from family. Your kind emails and comments. The beautiful sunrise this morning over the snow covered mountains.
I got chills re-reading an email I got from Sherry a year ago. She and I connected a lot about running. She had had a bone removed in her leg due to cancer, and had started running after that. She had completed a half marathon and was going to train for a full. She really liked to push herself, as do I. We had this in common. She ended this email by telling me, “Be careful out there. You never know what is coming.”
Something terrible happened to her, this we know. Two men have been charged with aggravated kidnapping. One is 47 years old, and is in jail in North Dakota. The other is 22 years old and is in South Dakota. These men are such low lifes I can’t even come up with a term evil enough to label them. Bastard, cowards – just doesn’t cut it.
One theory is that she was hit by a car and the men took her to cover up the accident. This is just speculation at this time. I pray that is confirmed as the truth rather than what the alternative story might be.
Mom, Ken, Me, Dad, Emma, Sam & Sherry in 2008.
What I ask if that if you run today or this weekend, think about her. Imagine her running and smiling in the sunshine, because this is what she loved to do. Imagine that she did not suffer. Imagine that her family finds some sort of peace.
I am thinking about planning a virtual run in her honor and maybe taking donations to give to her favorite cause, to her family or for a scholarship. If I do end up going to Sidney later this week, I thought about running there in her honor and that being the day of the virtual run. I will let you know.
Thank you for caring about Sherry. Thank you for being my virtual family.
YOU be careful out there,