Relay for Life 2006

June 17, 2006 at 10:12 pm 1 comment

Last night the Cure Cancer Soon (aka CCS) participated in their 4th Relay for Life.  I was there from about 7:30 PM to about 6:00 AM.  During that time, I totaled 60 laps which is 15 miles.View from Relay for Life

Earlier in day, I didn't feel up for the relay and lamented how time passed so quickly and how I was tired and how I wanted to rest at home and yada yada yada.  But as soon as I arrived at the venue, the energy of the event caught me and I wasn't about to leave for anything.  In the hustle and bustle of daily duties it is easy for me to forget:

I love Relay for Life.

I love how in the early evening, you see children and adults playing– throwing footballs and frisbees, hula hooping or just plain goofing off.  I saw one little boy running around on all fours barking and pretending to be a dog.  Simple pleasures.  Everyone is out enjoying the weather and visiting.  It's a reminder of how communities can be.

I love how moving the luminary service is– even after you've experienced it in the years before. 

I love getting to know some of my co-workers better.  I have worked with some of them for years– but since we are different departments, we don't really get to know each other. 

I love walking and talking with people.  It's not a luxury I get when I walk with the dogs.  🙂  It reminds me of the walks I've taken with my mother or grandmother.

I love the Mr. Relay pageant.  I almost didn't watch this year, thinking been there done that.  But still, no matter what, no matter how many times I've seen a man in a stuffed bra and silly wig shake his ass seductively to the audience, I crack up aloud.  I also love how there is always one contestant who is so convincing you can see some people in the audience shifting uncomfortably.  And, of course, I love that somehow year after year, teams find a man secure enough to volunteer to participate in the pageant.

I love that we stay up until the sun rises and we talk and tell stories and play trivia and laugh.  It's nostalgic for me– that's what my friends and I used to do before we all turned 21.  Here, for one evening, we can have a blast with just each other's company and the fresh air.  I love that.

And finally, I love that I get to have all that fun– while helping out a good cause! 🙂

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  • 1. Time to Prep for Relay for Life « TGAW  |  April 3, 2007 at 12:20 am

    […] for Life.  I always have a great time at the event.  Last year’s recap was captured in this blog post.  Last year I walked 15 miles– this year I’m going to try to knock out 20 miles.  As […]

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