At 95 degrees, it was the first truly hot day of the run. I typically enjoy the hot weather but the first day is always difficult because my body still needs to acclimate to the warmer weather. I took the heat's best punch to the chin, it staggered me but I regrouped and continued on. Today wasn't about me or the heat anyway. I ran today for my friend Kay Young, whose boyfriend took his own life three years ago. She has supported me during this entire journey and today it's my turn to be there for her. I don't know exactly how she feels right now but I know what it's like to lose a loved one to suicide so I'm sympathetic to her situation and the tough days she has ahead of her. She gave me permission to share something she wrote about her experience dealing with all the little things that you miss about someone when they are gone. Her post was heartbreaking and beautiful, the words and emotions it contained were what got me through today.
I miss you. I miss hearing your voice. I miss your hugs. I miss walking into your house and seeing that huge smile on your face. I miss us just laying on the couch and talking for hours until we fell asleep. I miss our many midnight trips to the waffle house. I miss the way you laughed, especially when something was really funny. I miss how you always let me sleep in when you went to work. I miss just how much of a gentleman you were. I think you are the only guy that ever opened the car door and it was every single time we went somewhere, or how you would run outside and start my car for me, even if it was 4 in the morning and below zero degrees because I'm such a wimp when it's cold. You NEVER let me pump my own gas, ever. I miss seeing you walkup my sidewalk with flowers in hand, just because. I miss the time that you got oil on my coach purse and I couldn't even be mad at you; later that night you tried to scrub it out. I miss wen you had me cut your hair and I wanted to stop because it was sooo short; we couldn't stop laughing. I miss the first time I came to your house and you tried to cook me dinner and it was so overcooked. I miss houw you treated Ben with such patience and kindness. I miss seeing you get excited about something. I even miss how forgetful you were. I miss so many other things, I could go on and on and on.... you meant so much to me and still do. I wish I could see you one last time and tell you all of this in person. Until I see you again, "See you later....."
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