It has been both a rough and tender week. My Mother followed the Orthodox customs of Jewish burial and sitting shiva, she is sitting the whole week, even her Rabbi said he never hears that anymore. Needless to say, I'm very proud of her. Watching her being strong with her new wig, her hair hasn't grown in yet from all the chemo, was an amazing lesson for all. We had three cousins read eulogies, two cousins in Israel emailed a eulogy and my sister-in-law read it, my brother read one and four of Dad's friends read a beautiful tribute. At the cemetery, my 20-year old nephew read his tribute. I tell you...there is absolutely nothing in this world like good friends and family....May we all be blessed with that!!
As for running, I ran 9-miles one day and 3-miles another day while sitting shiva. Luckily, Mom was okay with that as those sitting shiva aren't supposed to do any kind of work. I came home and went to the gym that night to hit the bike for 50-minutes. So I feel a bit better after all those incredible deli trays and deli cookies that were delivered to Mom's house. Again, I feel blessed to have my health and a wonderful support group. That's all that really matters in life. And I thank you all for your comments--every wish went straight to my heart. Thanks again!
The picture is my sister, Mara, who lives in NJ, me from Chicago, and my brother, Joey, who lives in North Carolina. Life goes on.