ive been known to utter the phrase ¨i hate people¨. and maybe in traffic i still do. or while shopping in costco. but man people will surprise you and make you cry and lift you up when you least expect it.
in about six weeks im running the healdsburg half marathon for the third time with great friends. we have made it into a girls weekend. we rent a home up there and hot tub and drink champagne and talk and laugh and cry. this year it was my turn to organize the troops and find the house and send the checks. well i sent the final check a week or so ago and on saturday got a call from the owner. turns out i screwed up the part where you actually write out the words that describe the numbers in the little box. oops. so she let me know that she would shred the check and I could just mail another, no biggie. I let her know I was in SD for the holiday weekend but would get the new check out on tuesday first thing.
that night-after a lovely day on coronado island-i checked my email and there was this:
Hi Erica -
I wanted to let you know that I would like to reduce your rental fee by $500.00, of which I would ask that you please use towards your fundraising goals for Rett Syndrome. I stumbled upon an article and your family blog today, while trying to find your phone number this afternoon. I am so touched by your story, and the terrible disease your beautiful daughter is fighting. My children are my world; and as a mother I am so inspired by your strength and dedication to finding a cure.
Thank you for all that you are doing to raise awareness of Rett Syndrome, and for turning something so painful for your family into something positive in this world. My heart is with you. Thank you. And much admiration and congratulations for running the Boston Marathon, twice - I don't know you, but you are certainly my new hero. Sending love and many thanks....
i mean, right? I read it out loud to my roomies and we were all a ball of tears. so. even though traffic and costco trips are still somewhat unavoidable, people are awesome.