Ooh-oo child, things are gonna get easier

I was sitting at a stoplight twenty some years ago with the dull ache of a recently broken heart when this song came on by the Stairsteps 5.  After weeks of wondering if I’d ever feel better, this 1-hit wonder band set me free with this:

Ooh-oo child, things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child, things’ll get brighter
Ooh-oo child, things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child, things’ll be brighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll put it together and we’ll get it all done
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter

I wasn’t there yet but this prophecy crooned to a grooving beat let me know it would soon be possible to feel something (Lord, anything) but the ache of the miss.  Whenever I hear that song, I smile at a time gone by and hopeful at the possibility to heal and finish your race and hold your pose and breath again.  And I pray for that for the family and friends of Sherry Arnold.  This beloved cousin of my dearest Beth was on a run last year when she was abducted and killed.  On Saturday, we (my Goochland running posse) ran for her during the 2nd Annual Run for Sherry.

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Here is a close up of our bibs that marked the occasion.

I love Sherry’s relaxed stance here and how her home state of Montana is proudly displayed behind the words.  A close-knit community, they miss their daughter.  What a teacher!  What a cousin!  What a wife mother and friend!  At the brutal hands of another sick human she lost her beautiful young life during a usual morning run.  And we defy the evil by running faithfully in her honor.  Running with a little more awareness and a little stronger bond with our fellow runners. 

Our Run for Sherry was the long one for the week. 

Larry (on the left and our protector) did his 13.

We’ll put it together and we’ll get it all done

Amy and I did our 10.

We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun

My husband Mike joined in for 8 powerful miles.  He is proof things do get brighter.

When the world is much brighter

I don’t know about the rest of the group but I think there was some healing going on in the back roads of Maidens, Virginia.  I could have run forever that day with that crew.  When it got a little tough up that hill toward mile 6 or so I remembered that:

Ooh-oo child, things are gonna get easier

And they did, thanks to this girl

And so I am ready for the Colonial Williamsburg Half Marathon on February 24, 2013.  Ready and grateful things got better.  A lesson to remember.  Perhaps at mile 11 or 12 or so…

Things didn’t get much better, for this hairdo – I am still stuck in the early 90’s – when I had to heal my heart so long ago.  The face is 20 years older but the hair is the same.  Solid!

 

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Tomorrow I teach Vinyasa Yoga level 1 and 2 and hope I won’t forget the words of Stairstep 5.  Ever. 

Hold on, Montana.  There is sunshine coming. 

Does running or yoga heal you?

2 thoughts on “Ooh-oo child, things are gonna get easier

  1. Does running and yoga heal me……….there are no words to describe how they heal……really………God Bless Sherry’s family and all who loved her………
    With Gratitude for life, love and family,
    Carol

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