Last year at this time, I was cheering alongside Sue’s family and friends at the Minneapolis-St. Paul 3 Day for the Cure.
Standing by my side: Szaba (well, she was crawling actually), my hilarious nephew Aaron, my sweet niece Ali, and Sue’s phenomenal mother, Shirley.
We lost Shirley this spring, but I will always treasure those days with her as one of my greatest gifts. I learned so much about her and her incredible 91-year-old life. I saw how she mothered Szaba. I heard her untold stories of her beloved best friend and daughter (my mother-in-law), Sue. We discussed the great mysteries—love, destiny, life, death, hope—through the lens that only a century of experience can provide.
In honor of Shirley, please take a moment to chat with someone you’d like to get to know better today. I guarantee, you won’t regret it tomorrow.
And if you want to leaf through the pages of our 3-Day journey:
- Footprints: Sue’s legacy and how she fought (and some might say even beat) her own cancer.
- 3 Day: The photo story of last year’s walk in honor of Sue.
- The Book Walk: How the 3 Day led me to this blog and book project.
I will forever adore and miss you, Shirley. But what you taught me those three days remains right here (holds hands on heart).