I miss Sarah but I am excited about the european adventure she is on.
I first met Sarah at the Gallery Pub at UBC during the weekly open mic nights as mentioned previously. She has a fabulous singing voice and was awestruck when I first heard her combine it with marvelous guitar playing and her unique lyrics. Over the past few years we have developed a marvelous friendship.
She has always been super supportive whenever I needed someone to help me unload some emotional baggage. Sarah always manages to laugh at my foibles in just the right way so as to make the tough parts seem less ominous and the good parts worth holding on to. And she is super fun to hang out with.
I am not usually one to offer a quote, but I think this one describes my experience with Sarah quite well. It was originally composed by Dinah Craik in her book A Life for a Life, published in 1859.
Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
Sarah is off in the UK now completing graduate studies at the London School of Economics and is still making marvelous music in her spare time.
What little running I had undertaken before this Run to End Poverty business was substantially done with Sarah. Last year we did the Sun Run together dressed as garden fairies. This morning I went for a 6.1 km run along one the routes she and I used to take. I stopped at a fountain we used to pass by for a quick photo. It felt like a good way to wrap up the 25 km I have been running for her.