Kim R, Jane and Elizabeth asked me if I would like to have a small dinner before I left. I was game…Hey I needed to eat. What I didn’t expect was just how overwhelming the evening would be.
My friends new and old came out for the evening. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to everyone that has supported me in support of my dream. I now know how Oscar acceptance speeches can get to be so long. There are so many people that I would have to thank if I started to list names, so instead I want to express a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me. If you are wondering “Does she mean me?” The answer would be a resounding “YES YOU!!!” From words of encouragement, to advice, to care packages, to monetary donations, to evening dinners, to sending out my blog…the list goes on and on.
Driving home for dinner I was overwhelmed to tears with all the support. Know that you all will buoy me during my swim. I have a friend with whom we have come to know each other so well that we say we have a virtual image of that person in our minds. Each of you now has a virtual image within me (an avatar if you will). I hear your voices in my head cheering me on, offering words of encouragement, and some great jokes. With every beat of my heart I hear a collective voice saying “GO!” Whether you all like it or not your virtual images are going swimming, so you better suit up!
There will never be a way for me to repay all of the kindness I have received. My only hope is that I can make you all proud and happy knowing that you all made it possible.
Pictures from the evening – It seems that strange headware was the choice gift of the evening. And yes I’m bringing it to England, it will give my crew something to wear during the long swim.
Tags: Mental Health