First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! And, thank you for stopping by.
I have a lot to be thankful for. Good health. Employment. Family and Friends.
But, what I want to focus on right now are my friends.
Some of my closest friends are those I went to high school and even elementary school with. When this comes up in conversation (not that it does very often,) people find it “impressive” or “strange” that I have been friends with the same people for so long.
But, really, is it?
My high school friends and I — 99 percent of my high school friends were my cross-country teammates — still continue to meet at Discovery Park at 9 a.m. sharp on Thanksgiving Day to run a loop — or two — before starting the day of cooking and eating and being with our families.
When we were in high school, I’m sure we talked of trivial matters … who was going with whom to homecoming, what’s going to be on our next U.S. history exam and running. When we were in college, we talked about our new “homes” (for the out-of-state college kids), what we were planning on majoring in, our new part-time jobs and running. And now that most of us have been graduated from college for a few years now, the conversations revolve around our jobs, finding new jobs, grad schools, applying to grad schools, engagements and running.
Running is what keeps us together.
I’m not saying it’s the only thing that keeps us together. Some of us no longer race (or run at all for that matter). And, there’s nothing wrong with that. We come to Discovery Park to see each other and we just so happen to be running (or walking) while we do it.
I’m thankful for traditions like these. I’m very thankful for my friends.