Done Too Soon

Today I ran the first leg of the Virtual Boston Marathon. No, I am not an official participant. I am virtually running it over the course of this week in memory of a member of my online running group. Pastor Vincent Trigili had been training to run the real thing, but he died suddenly and unexpectedly in August at the age of 45. Our running group has decided to run it for him.

I did the run on my treadmill, while watching one of my train videos. This one rode the Kootenay Cabride Trail to Nelson, BC. While “running” through the majestic Pacific Northwest I remembered my friend and mentor Dr. Joe Johns, an avid outdoorsman who lived in Idaho and Alaska and who also died this past week from an aggressive and widely metastatic cancer. He had just turned 65.

My playlist, always randomized, oddly enough played songs from John Lennon, Prince, Buddy Holly, John Denver, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and Eva Cassidy-all of whom died way too soon, in the words of Neil Diamond.

Near the end of my almost 6 miles, another song came on. “The Sound of Mom’s Dream,” written by my son, Steve.

I tip my hat (and heart) to all those lost too soon.
Rest in peace
and Steve. Always Steve