First goal: Run a comfortable 3 miles. After feeling like I was not improvig at all, I met a local runner on http://www.dailymile.com/ and she suggested I increase my overall workout time and continue with walking breaks as needed. I started by increasing my running time to 40 minutes, and walking as needed. Then the need for walk breaks decreased. The this past Wednesday, I was doing my usual 40 and after about a mile and a half I realized I felt good. I finished 3.2 miles in 40 minutes with no walking. Woo!
Second goal: Lean to play the guitar. Specifically the song "Small" by JJ Heller. I'd like to play this at the camp I counsel at in June. Obviously, this goal will be on-going, but slowly I'm improving. I don't need to look at where my fingers are as much. But singing and struming a rhythm is proving to be a challenge.
Third goal: Lean to crochet. I haven't had the time to dedicate to this as much as the others. Or should I say choose to. I can do it, I just hanven't makde anything yet. But I will. ;)
Thursday, February 11, 2010
My Mother's Hand
I got my Mom's wedding ring sized to fit my ring finger. My mom always put a lot of sentimental value on things. She never took this ring off. During surgeries, she would give me the ring at the last possible moment, and make me swear that I would not lose it. I remember when she had her heart surgery. She was recovering in ICU, sedated and on a ventilatior. She continually pointed to her ring finger, trying to speak. She wanted that ring back!
I realized when she gave me her ring this last time, that I would not be givng it back. It was about 2 months before her death. She had gotten so thin, that it was falling off. I knew then, that she knew she was going to die.
When my eyes catch the sparkle of her ring, I no longer see my hand. I see her's. I see the hand that took care of me when I was sick. The hand that made more meals than I can count. A hand that worked hard. A hand that was folded in prayer for our family.
I may not be as attached to this ring as she was. But I'll look at this ring and know that I was loved.