On August 10th, my first true love, Darryl passed in my arms after a beautiful life of 16+ years. Just a short 4 months later, on December 10th, my mother lost a vicious battle with lung cancer after suffering for far too long. And, just three months later, on March 15th, my sweet little girl LuLu died after giving us 13+ years of laughter and joy. This journey through grief and loss has been as expected, but also surprising in so many ways. I could not have survived the past nine months without the support of friends and family from near and far. I am especially grateful to my Aunt DeAnne who was there taking care of my mom (and dad) from diagnosis on. For my brother Justin for being such a caring soul. For my mother-in law-Vicki for always knowing what to say and do. For my best friend Holly for recognizing and honoring the fact that the loss of 4-legged children is no less profound than that of 2-legged. To my cousin Jill, who guided me to the understanding that these losses would impact me in more ways than I could ever know. To Kristin Fiore for providing me all the space and support I needed to navigate this time. To my dear friend Jen Claus, who I did not actually know was my dear friend until this difficult time. To all my friends and family near and far who travelled all the way to South Carolina to honor my mom and her contribution to your life. And finally, to my husband Rick, the greatest life partner anyone could have the privilege of sharing this journey. If you are interested in learning more about navigating grief and loss, I highly recommend the book Option B by Sheryl Sandberg. It helped me understand not only my own pain, but that of others. Hold your loves close and cherish each day with them. You never know how much time you will get to share.
Um, that time @gabbybernstein responds to your post on Instagram.
With all the negative news about athletes, particularly football players, do yourselves a favor and check out Shaqueem Griffin. I will definitely be rooting for this young man on Sundays. https://www.google.com/amp/www.espn.com/nfl/draft2018/story/_/id/23116258/nfl-draft-prospect-shaquem-griffin-already-inspired-legion-young-fans%3fplatform=amp
71 years ago today, Jackie Robinson made his major league debut, becoming the first African American player in Major League Baseball. It is a reminder of how far we’ve come as a nation. And yet, today’s news is a stark reminder of how very far America has to go. Thank you @clintonyates and @espn for educating me about this historic day! And thank you to the stellar journalism provided by the @nytimes and @washingtonpost for keeping our attention focused on how far we have to go!
Actual footage of me leaving work today.