My three runs since hearing the news on Saturday night have been somewhat therapeutic. In times like these, I prefer to run without music. I never run with music on September 11th. The week after the Newtown shootings, I ran "quietly". Reflecting and remembering while only listening to my footfalls and my breathing is like prayer. Maybe it sounds corny or even self-absorbed (which I hope it's not), but I feel like these people whose lives have been cut short don't get to run anymore. I will run for them.
Anyway, my cousin told me if I ever get into the New York City Marathon, he would be happy to cheer me on. I have no doubt he will be watching.
"And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure... And your friends will be properly astonished to see you laughing as you look up to the sky! Then you will say to them, 'Yes, the stars always make me laugh.'"- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
(This quote from the French classic is perfect in so many ways. My cousin spoke French fluently. French and Italian were his first languages before English. He was born in Tuscany and spent his childhood on the beach in Sardegna. He was a best friend to each of his friends, as is evidenced through the countless posts left on his and his wife's Facebook pages. And he will forever be my aunt and uncle's Little Prince.)