Yesterday we all celebrated Christmas in our own special way. Hopefully you all had a day filled with family, friends, gifts, a little bit of arguing, hugging, and laughing. I know I did and I wanted to share with you what happened yesterday that made me smile.
The day started with me waking up and immediately knowing that I was alone. A feeling that I don’t like as I am always the one that wakes up first, kissed my wife gently and sneaks out of the room for some coffee, toast and prep for a workout. Where was Karen and noticed the doors to the bedroom closed. I went out there and she was just laying there on the couch and she told me she couldn’t sleep and didn’t want to bother me so that I could get much needed rest because of the hard training week I had. Gift #1
After breakfast we decided to go for our planned run. I was going to run 8 miles at a 7:45-7:50/mile pace and she was just going to log how many every miles she wanted to. We went to a new place to run. The 380 Greenbelt and it was incredible. The path was crushed gravel that was flat but the scenery was perfect. It is an area that is essentially closed off to life. I started running and past two guys coming in the other direction then all of a sudden I see a white tail dart across the path. That was a deer wasn’t it? A few moments later I come up on another deer. Just standing there staring at me. What do I do? I stand there and stare back. I shuffle some leaves around but the deer doesn’t move. I wait and finally the deer walks away from me and I start running again. I am prepared to spring if the deer comes after me. I pass and a few moments later a much smaller one standing there. I smiled the rest of that leg of the run because of the beauty of nature. Gift #2
Karen and I stop for lunch at an Indian restaurant. First time I have ever had Indian food and it was beyond delicious. The great part about it is that they have a lot of vegetable dishes and I dove right into one. It was hot and tasty on a rather cold day. Best part of this meal was eating it across from my wife and knowing that although 2010 has not been the best year of my life I was sharing a meal with her. Gift #3
I decided to call my Mother and wish her a Merry Christmas. I dialed her cell phone and no answer. I called another number I had stored for her and there was an answer but it wasn’t my mother. I figured it was Bill’s (my mother’s fiance) mom who had come down from Virginia. We spoke for a while and we laughed. I asked to talk to my mother and the woman asked me who I thought I was talking to. I said Bill’s mom and she said no and that her name was Mary. I had the wrong number but my conversation with this stranger was great as we laughed and talked about our families for over 5 minutes. When I hung up the phone I just smiled as what a great moment I just shared and hopefully brought joy to somebody else. Gift #4
|Jayden’s version of pushups|
|Bahamundi Men about 2 years ago|
One of his gifts from his Aunt was these socks/slippers. I just laughed the entire time at them and he loved them.