Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Boston Marathon Scarf Project

The marathon was a beautiful, sunny, warm April day.  So, why was I wearing a scarf??

That blue and yellow scarf was given to Matt the day before the marathon.  The Old South Church on the corner of Dartmouth and Boylston St in Boston (just beyond the marathon finish line) gave out more than 7,000 of them!  The scarves were made all over the world and in almost every state in the US, sent to the church where they were blessed and given out to the runners!  Volunteers stood in front of the church passing out the scarves for days.  Easter Sunday, walking around Boston, you could see a sea of all different blue and gold scarves.  Complete strangers were coming up to Matt wishing him good luck and God’s blessing for the marathon.

We attended Easter mass at the Old South Church.  The priest handed them out to non-runners and asked that they placed it around the neck of a runner with a prayer for safety and a great run!  Our daughter,Chloe, placed the scarf around Matt’s neck which he wore all day on Easter  Sunday.  On Marathon Monday, I placed that scarf around my neck as I waited for Matt to reach us at mile 25.

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If you knit, you understand.  When I knit a gift for someone, that person is warmly in my thoughts while I am doing it.   I am grateful for the time, effort and care they put into that scarf.  We felt it!  It reminded me of the power of being of service to others and how powerful an act of kindness can be.

Thank you to Ginny, Pat, Myrtle, Carmella, Jean, Elaine, Nancy, and Lee Ann.  Your scarves provided comfort, love and inspiration!  Love, Carlene

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By |April 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Peace in the Present Moment

The Boston Marathon 2014 is complete.  Matt made his best time in 12 marathons, blew away our fundraising goal for Dana Farber Marathon Challenge and it was a peaceful, sunny, memorable day.  I have never run the marathon.  Each year, someone on the course inspires me with their determination, perseverance or possibly a Wonder Woman costume with a tutu and I think, I should do that!  That thought quickly fades and I am happy to cheer on my husband from the sidelines, he is the Marathon Man in our house!  Who knew back in my college days of “watching” the marathon from Whiskey’s on Boylston Street that it would come to have so much meaning in my life.

April 14, 2013 on the car ride home from Boston, I can’t say I was surprised when Matt stated his plan was to run again.  Deep down I would expect nothing less from him and I had no energy to argue after hours of not being able to find him during the chaos of that day.  I secretly hoped he’d just forget to train.  The past year has been one of his quiet determination after being stopped just minutes from the finish line. I wrote as a way to process the marathon day last year.  I learned this year, this marathon day, peace in the present moment.  True peace is in the present moment.  Each time my memory was stirred, my heart fluttered or my pulse quickened as I was brought back to the events of last year, I said to myself, “ be HERE now”.  When I am in the present, I am not reliving stories from the past or trying to predict the future.  Although I am proud of my very first blog post,   , it is now just a story from the past.  This Marathon Monday, I chose to experience the marathon in the present moment, reminding myself to “be here now”.

Cheering Section! Nephews Aidan, Cole, Sister in Law Lisa, Chloe and me. Mile 25!

Sending a big thank you for the encouragement, love and support of friends, coworkers, family, neighbors and people we have never met.  Thank you to all who supported our fundraising efforts for Dana Farber and who shared precious names of the people close to their hearts who are fighting or have lost their battle to cancer.  There were too many names to fit on his shirt this year so we wrote almost 175 names on a piece of paper he carried.  Matt carried those names all 26.2 miles but more importantly, the meaning they have, carried him.

Wishing you peace in the present moment.  

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