Saturday, October 1, 2011

My TNT Miracle Moment

When you join up with Team In Training you always hear about miracle moments. How someone hears a song that reminds them of the loved one that they are running for right when they hit the wall and it helps them break through it. Or how someone ends up running next to someone that they had no idea they were connected to until mile 18 and then they stay friends.

Today was my miracle moment. 

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the loss of  my son, Eric. Today is a very difficult day. 
Today was also our graduation run for the Nike Marathon. I will admit that it is very hard to run when your throat is tight from holding back tears. 

I finish my 10 miles and as I am heading to our little party by the lake when Beth, a team-mate, hops out of her car. Beth is 8 months pregnant so she's not training this season but is still a supporter and will be back for another round soon. Beth grabs me and says...

"I know this is going to sound weird, but a week or so ago I woke up at 2am thinking about you. I know that you had lost your son sometime in October and I had this strong feeling that you were going to need something today. So I brought you this"... Beth hands me 3 balloons, stationary, and a pen...she continues.." I thought you could write a little letter to your son and then send it up to him."

I immediately start crying and tell her that today is the anniversary date of our loss.  She helps me write out a little note and connect it to the balloons.  It takes me a good 20 minutes to recover and then Beth's son, Cael, and I released the balloons and note, sending it floating over the lake. 

1 comment:

Happy Frog and I said...

Oh Nikki, that's really beautiful. x