There is a saying that goes, “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leaving footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same.”
Over the weekend, I became aware of another one of my friends having cancer and the passing of NH’s Navy Seal, Blake Marston. When I was Dean of Students at Campbell High School, I met Blake. Blake’s dad, Bill Marston, was our interim principal for a year. I think it might have been Blake’s sophomore year at Stonehill College when he stopped by to have lunch with his dad. Being a proud dad, Bill introduced me to Blake and the three of us sat for a little bit, talking about his college baseball experience. In my one interaction with Blake, he was an outgoing, funny, kind and respectful young man. I could also just feel and see the love between a son and father.
During that year, I was debating whether I should continue with my administration career or return to the classroom to teach. Bill took the time to mentor, listen, advise and guide me with my decision. These two Marston men, in their own way, left a footprint on my heart for which I am forever grateful.
I know my friend is ready to fight cancer. I know she has an amazing family and network of friends! I know that having cancer doesn’t always mean the worst.
But every time these types of incidents occur, I become more feflective of my life, its purpose and how in a moment things can drastically change. I count my blessings and check in with my family and friends. I devote some quiet time to "do a reality check." And I must say, I even question why these challenging things do happen to such great caring people. I spend mroe time praying and focus more intently on the homilies given at mass on Sunday.
My heart aches for these two families. It is my hope and wich that they also have people or hand people that ahve made enough footprints on their hearts so that they know they are never along!
Have a great weekend --