Since running is pretty much a non-starter for me this month (I don't even want to know my running totals for the month, because I'm sure that they are dwarfed by the fluid ounces of Mountain Dew I've been downing) I thought that I'd talk about a couple of the other things going on in my life right now.
My parent's candy store closed last week, and so we spent Sunday afternoon cleaning out the building. Everyone took it pretty well, we were just disappointed that we just couldn't get it to go. In the end, when just about everyone was gone and I was doing some final sweeping up, I found my youngest, "A," standing all alone in the dark empty front store.
"What's up, Kiddo?" I asked.
"I was going to work here when I got bigger." she said, tears in her eyes.
"I know." I said.
We stood together in the empty store for a while, said goodbye to the space, then walked out into the sweet summer rain, and locked the door for the final time. Now it will become something really depressing, like a baby GAP.
On my way to work today I walked past a little miracle. There's a pumpkin plant growing on the side of 9000 South, just east of State Street. I had seen it growing a couple of days ago on my walk into work, and thought that it might be a weed, but this morning it had a blossom, and it's definitely a pumpkin.
I remember that there were a couple of smashed pumpkins on the road last fall, but I never figured that any of those scattered seeds could actually germinate. I'm interested to see if it is left alone long enough to actually produce a pumpkin.
It's funny. This world can be so screwed up sometimes, but at the end of it all... life finds a way, and that small, simple spark of life can bring such wonder.