Very strange but I had started a whole story to you a few days back about something I saw on Fox News that bothered me, and now I just can’t find it anywhere. I have an “Inkling” that it might be God’s way of telling me don’t start the first column off of the year with a negative, let’s spend time on the happy positive things that happened this week…. I will tuck it in at the bottom, but now you know it’s coming so once you get the first “Inkling” that we are close to the end just stop reading, I’ll understand.
I didn’t plan to title our story “Inklings” but when I just typed it to you, I decided that should be our title. The definition of “Inkling” is having a little idea or some knowledge about something. I love the way this word sounds when I say it or think it. Inkling, I bet you agree. We don’t use it much anymore, but it’s a keeper for me.
The first “inkling” I get each year around New Year’s Eve is that the Millennium Mile event will be happening sometime soon. Did you know that this year marked the 15th anniversary? We should all thank John Mortimer and Matt Downin for bringing this event to us and hosting it here in Londonderry each year.
John and I first came across it by accident, when our girls were very little. We were leaving my mom and dad’s home over at Kendallwood Condominiums, and we tried to drive down Mammoth Road, only to find the road blocked. We realized it was some type of race, so we got out of the car to see what was going on. Remember this would have been one of the first years for the Millennium Mile. We were able to stand right at the end of the course and watch some of the fastest runners in the country dart across the finish line in less than 4 minutes.
We were in awe, and really had no idea that in the years to come some of our best family memories would be running with our little ones, our neighborhood family, and even our family from Connecticut that we spend New Year’s Eve with each year.
About 6 years ago Mackensie broke her arm while sledding down wild terrain; well that was where they were headed anyway. What really happened was before the sledding event a dear friend decided to treat all the little ones to Hot Cocoa at our own Londonderry Dunkin Donut’s as they drove to the “mountain”. Next thing we knew…Mackensie tripped over a sled rushing out of the van to get her treat, broke her arm, and that ended the great sledding adventure for everyone that day. Again “Life really is like a box of Chocolates” you never know what you’ll get in a day.
“By the Grace of God”, another one of my favorite sayings…. Mack really was fine, but she did need a full arm cast. It didn’t stop her from running the Millennium Mile though. Wish I could find a picture to show you, I just might still. That’s what John and I have always loved about what John Mortimer and Matt created. It’s for everyone, families, serious runners or just walkers who want to start the New Year off outside, or I think “Right”.
My most precious memory this year happened after the start… My sister Christine, my nephew Dan, and I were rushing back to to our car so we could drive to the finish, and who do we see but Regan Schohanic…. and three little ones, hustling to the start line to begin the race. Yes, the race had already started, but what a Kodak moment! That’s what life is all about, not always getting hung up on life’s starts and finishes, but just enjoying the steps that get you there. Again wish I had a picture, all the runners flying past and there was this precious little group running against the crowd to get to the official start… Melted my heart!
Just a couple other “Inklings” I heard about this week that I want to share with you….
“Our” own Visit Londonderry member, Martinelli Travel, will be having a wonderful event that we should all try and to attend on January 14th, 5:30 – 8:00pm. It’s called…….
Travel The World with Martinelli Travel. This will be a great chance to speak with travel experts that can help make all of your travel dreams a reality. Also if you have not been to their new location in the Londonderry Commons plaza, near Whippersnappers this will give you a chance to say hello. Don’t let planning your vacation be intimidating, Faye will make you feel at home, and help you determine what you can and should spend. Martinelli has been there for all of us throughout the years, they give back to the community constantly and I promise you, you will be glad you went.
Another member of Visit Londonderry “our” own House of Samurai will be offering a Community Self Defense class tonight. I will tell you all about it next week, on the Road. Hanshi Bernard is another member of our community family who constantly “gives back” and asks nothing in return.
Next week I promise to not just jog, kinda of walk really, on “our” roads but I will get back into my car and learn more about “our” great town, businesses and places we should all “Visit”.
With A Grateful Heart Sherry<3
Okay I warned you here goes… I know you have an “Inkling” it’s coming…
Okay, this is what upset me this week… John likes to put on the morning news as we are both getting ready for work. Fox News it was this morning. Two anchor people, one male and one female, were suddenly showing a video of a Federal Express employee, only his hand mind you, but throwing a package onto a deck from a distance. Well “of course” because the home owner had a surveillance camera this was caught on tape. Well another “of course” the home owner made a stink about it and shared it with the company. That’s why we got to watch it on the news.
I have an “Inkling” that there was nothing more than a light book in the box. You could tell the way it landed. Well the anchor people went onto tell us, LAUGHING mind you, that well that federal express worker got quite a surprise, “ha ha ha” soon after he received a pink slip and was fired for this! I was so ashamed of those two reporters! Laughing because someone, who probably has been a devoted worker, has a family, was probably just trying to have a little fun, like throwing a newspaper, now has lost his job over this foolish thing right before Christmas! I’m even getting unnerved again just typing it to you here!
What the heck is the world coming too! I hate to type it but I think they should be removed from their jobs for doing something stupid and mean, much more deserving of losing a job then just throwing a package. Now don’t you dare think it was breakable or perishable? These men and women who make deliveries to all of us, are well trained, and let’s face it if it was “fragile” it would have been written all over the package. Even the reporters said, it was pretty clear it was nothing that could be damaged. Now that I think of it, I bet it was something ordered for the family like a piece of clothing… very light, again even I could tell just watching the video.
Okay, that’s it… but it scares me, since when do we laugh at someone losing a job! It reminded me of the scene on Hunger Games ….. smiling and laughing as he’s introducing the contenders that would be soon be killed in the hunger games. In the movie, it was his role, and it was powerful, but in real life……paid anchor people doing it …Just plain wrong!
(I just investigated more, and it turned out it was an American Girl Doll clothing item…. I was right and I could tell that from just watching the clip, what a shame)