Excitement fills the air in Boston every marathon weekend. We gather in the restaurants and bars to remember the legends from years past. Especially proud of our local runners, we remember Joan Benoit, a fellow New England native who won in 1979 and 1983. And, we will never forget the contagious smile of Johnny Kelley, who competed a record 61 times and won in 1935 and 1945. The marathon doesn’t seem complete without him here.
Always inspiring, Dick and Rick Hoyt showed us all that we are only as limited as we think we are. Watching Dick Hoyt push his son Rick across the finish line for so many years has melted even the frostiest hearts in Boston.
But, the names on our hearts this weekend are the souls that we lost on April 15, 2013: Martin William Richard, 8, Krystle Marie Campbell, 29, Lu Lingzi, 23 and Sean A. Collier, 27 (April 18). Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends. They may be gone, but they are not forgotten.
After a long hard winter, I was so happy to have sunshine yesterday. Spreading my joy with my customers, I asked them if they were enjoying this nice spring day. And, most of them were thrilled to have the snow melting and warm weather returning. However, when I called Utah, the response I got was “What do you mean nice spring day? It’s a blizzard out there!” Stunned I said, “I’m sorry to hear about your storm.” He replied, “don’t be sorry. This storm will bring us much-needed water when it melts.” When I hung up the phone, I realized that there is a silver lining even in a blizzard if you look for it.
Pinch me to make sure that I’m not dreaming. It’s finally spring! When I went to the car this morning, I could hear the ducks gone wild spring fling in the wetlands next door, as well as their friends the peepers. They are all especially loud this year. I think they are as glad as we are that spring has finally come. You know the winter was bad, when you don’t care how badly your nose and eyes are running with your allergies. You’re just glad it finally stopped snowing. But, today we are dancing and celebrating spring. Are you happy to have spring?
Since my son was 1-year-old, I have loved setting up his surprises every Easter morning. The first year it was a dancing and singing bunny and 6 eggs with soft candies and cookies. His favorite part of the basket was the green plastic grass, which he spread all over the house. I still smile when I think of him screaming with delight and throwing the green grass in the air.
Fortunately, the next year he stopped throwing the grass and enjoyed the candy in the eggs. In addition to his singing bunny, he received Spiderman action figures. And, he danced around the room singing with Spiderman.
Our most fun year was when the movie Hop was in theaters. We built an E.B. at Build-A-Bear Workshop. I placed E.B. on the dining room table with piles of jelly beans around the house for his poop. My son squealed when he saw all of the piles of jelly jean poop. Thus, began a new tradition. Every year since, I have made piles of jelly bean poop around the house from the Easter Bunny.
So, when he told me this year that he knew that I have been leaving the jelly bean poop piles, I was crushed. I thought that I might have one more year of fun before he figured out what I was doing. But, he did thank me for all of the fun over the years and appreciated that we were trying to make Easter special for him. When did your children figure out about the Easter Bunny?
Obsessed with royals, I have watched The Tudors, The White Queen, Elizabeth and The Royals. In The Tudors, it was great to be the King, but not his wife. King Henry VIII either divorced, or beheaded his wives. Being the queen in The White Queen was great when her husband was King. However, they spent much of their lives fighting their enemies and family to keep the throne. As shown in Elizabeth, Elizabeth I spent her early years avoiding assassination from her family. When she reached power, she had to fight Phillip II of Spain and the Catholics to keep her throne.
Now on my latest obsession, The Royals, they show how each generation moves farther away from tradition. The children of the king spend most of their time drinking and doing drugs. The new twist is that the king has realized how problematic his family is, and is considering abolishing the monarchy. After watching the royals destroy each other over the centuries, I was glad when I heard “And we’ll never be royal.” Are you obsessed with royals?
Waking to one of my favorite sounds of the spring, I ran to the window to find the ducks are back. Living next to protected wetlands, I enjoy my annual visit from the mallard ducks. For almost 40 years, they have returned to the wetlands at the edge of my yard. My backyard becomes a Spring Break destination for ducks.
First, the males fight over which duck will be their mate. It’s kind of like watching Jersey Shore without the hair gel, heavy cologne, and gold jewelry. Next, it turns into duck porno with ducks screaming all night long. “What is that noise?” my son asked at breakfast last year. It kept me up all night. “The ducks are having a good time,” I responded. Maybe this year we’ll tell him what they are really doing. What is your favorite part of spring?