That was the day cancer stole my mother away from us. She was only 54 years old. She was the woman I confided in when the times were tough. My rock. She was one fantastic woman who taught me to be a strong, independent woman. And I thank her for that. I just wish she would have listened and quit smoking years ago. Perhaps we’d still have her around so she could enjoy her four beautiful grandchildren.
|My mom & I - Acadia National Park|
I took it hard and didn’t deal with her death very well. I sunk into a depression and made some poor choices. Fortunately, with the love and support of my family and friends, the depression didn’t last very long.
6 years ago, I made a choice. A choice to be a healthy role model for my son. Someone who would start to enjoy life again. I needed this and my family needed me to do it.
When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, my family vacationed in the Bar Harbor area every single year. Well, every single year until we moved to Maine in 1990. I have a great appreciation for Bar Harbor because my parents took me there as a child and I have many fond memories visiting the various places in Acadia National Park. This weekend, I will return to MDI with my own family. I will enjoy every moment I have with them there, showing them this gorgeous area and all it has to offer.
On Sunday, I will be running the MDI Marathon in memory of my mom, Anna Maletich. I know she’ll be there with me, every step of the way. Cheering me on.
I love you, mom.