Of marathons and Aeschylus

heart-june9-paintingsI have signed up for a 1/2 marathon (in San Diego!).  My friend, and fellow leukemia widow, Ann Marie signed up first.  We have since decided to form a team (Joy4Jay&Jared) and run together in memory and honor of our loves lost to this cancer.  We will train and run with Team in Training, which fundraises for LLS (the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society).  The run is on May 31st!

Today, as I was doing my training — on the elliptical because, well, it’s been pretty wintry here lately — I was watching a program on the local PBS station about Robert Kennedy. It included footage of RFK’s speech in Indianapolis, the day that MLK was assassinated. It was a brief speech, which he prepared himself.  In it, he quoted the Greek poet Aeschylus.  I’ve been thinking about it all day and wanted to write somewhere for safekeeping.  So I share it with you:

“He who learns must suffer
And even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget
Falls drop by drop upon the heart,
And in our own despair, against our will,
Comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.”

We are the JOYteam and here is our Team in Training page if you’d like to see some pictures of our families and consider a donation to LLS.



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