I am on my fourth coffee so am actually approaching coherency once again (I am ever the optimist!)
Looking back on this Relay, I realize every year has its own character. There have been years marked by ridiculous weather, by personal and particular losses, by event size and location, and more. But each stands apart.
I think 2011 was the year of contemplation. There was minimal drama (I mean, not a water sluice, flying tent, or oil slick the whole night). And Mary Poppins was certainly a more demure theme than 2010's witchery. Couple our rather sedate evening of twinkling (literally) fairy lights while we dabbled with the Proust questionnaire, and yes, contemplative fits.
I think (and am happy that) we all came to know one another a wee bit better. As Bertrand Russell wisely said: "Just connect." And this year I felt we did.
Somehow it all comes together doesn't it? Some of us are mothers, meaning frenetic schedules and impossible demands, but you show up whenever you can and for as long as you can, and give your all. What great lessons for your children.
Bekah is the perfect example, who told me last night that she and Melissa and possibly some other friends may work toward having their own team next year. It did my heart good to hear that: Whether or not it happens is less important than that they want it to.
And burying the lead, which I am not inclined to do, here goes: We raised the most cash yet in 2011, am I right?
Just want to thank all of you for working so selflessly for others, people you may never know but whose lives may change dramatically because of the effort you put in here each and every time out.
I am proud to count myself among you.
Hope to see you out and about this summer. Enjoy your holidays wherever they take you and the roads leading to them.
I leave you with some favourite quotes about friendship:
Yes we are [friends] and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. I wouldn't mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you and think of you very often. I don't want to lose this happy space where I have found someone who is smart and easy and doesn't bother to check her diary when we arrange to meet. ~Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body, 1992
“I felt it shelter to speak to you. “ Emily Dickinson
“My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.” Dame Edna Everage.