Coming home with her new album.
Simon & Garfunkle’s
Bridge Over Troubled Water.
I race in and can’t wait to put in on the turntable.
My Grandpa is on the couch. Sick.
So. Very. Sick.
It’s 1970. He has Multiple Myeloma.
Not much longer to live.
But. What do I know?
I’m just excited about this record.
I put it on the player, and the familiar piano chords come out.
My mother, not knowing what this is.
Because we just got out of the 60s.
She comes racing in to tell me not to play it.
It’s too loud!
Grandpa is sick.
He says, “Dee Dee, let her play it.”
And this is the part when I start weeping.
Every time I tell the story.
Because Sail On Silver Girl.
I can see him now. Closed eyes.
Listening to this beautiful music.
It was the last summer he was alive.
And because of his diagnosis, he didn’t see me
graduate high school, college,
He wasn’t at my wedding,
and he never saw my sons.
When I accidentally signed up with TNT the
Summer of 2009, I had no idea
how important this cause would become to me.
I needed a plan. A training plan. I already had a bib.
So, I raised money. I trained.
And. The morning of my first NIKE marathon
The loudspeaker says “Multiple Myeloma”
and my mother looks at me and says,
“That’s what Grandpa had”
His name. Written on my arm.
And now, 4 marathons later,
I run in SLO with his name again.
I am so close. The total at top
does not reflect what I really need.
What I really need.
Is for every little silver girl
To have her Grandpa.
As long as she can and maybe for a lifetime.
If you want to donate to the cause, click here
(This is a post on my fundraising page. To date, I have raised $2069.80,
and have to raise $2375. Only $305 to go, if in case you want to help.)