She stands in her living room looking across the room at him wondering where she went wrong. ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ she asks herself. She knows it's coming and can’t help the racing thoughts in her head as she tries to find a way out of this. Her son sleeps in his crib a few rooms away. He is standing between them, rage in his eyes. She has no choice but to fight as much as she can. She can’t leave her son behind.
One More Mile Chapter 1
Growing up I was under the impression that life was good. The first five years of my life I lived next to the Pompton River, which inevitably used to flood every year. Things overall seemed pretty good. I can remember bits and pieces of that time period, all of which were happy memories. Like fishing with my sister, walking to grandma’s house, and riding on the back of my mom’s bike, until I learned to ride on my own which involved my dad tricking me into pedaling as fast as I could as he held my seat, until he let go when I didn’t know it. Life was good. I also recall spending time in my father’s workshop, safety town, and learning how to use tools.
January 1 2017, Happy New Year, but little did I know my life was about to change forever. I had been coaching cross country since 2008 and teaching since 2007 at a local high school. I still teach there, but one incident would rock my world and change me as a person forever.
A Trail To Victory
I ended 2016 in despair. I was sick most of the year and put on a lot of weight because I suddenly was not active anymore. When 2017 started, I had a plan. I would lose the weight by working out hard and running, like I used to do. 2017 would be very different than the past years, because I was no longer coaching cross country and had time on my hands. How would I fill the time, I wondered? I decided that I would sign up for my first Spartan Race. It was in June at a venue in Tuxedo, New York, a Sprint. I had been running and lifting consistently by that time and thought I was ready. My training up to that point included running 4 to 6 miles per day and lifting 3 to 4 times per week. I had already completed a few 5Ks for the year as well as my first obstacle course race, a Warrior Dash. I figured, how hard could it be? Well I was dead wrong about what I was about to encounter. It was amazing. I felt defeated by the end of it, but that is not what this story is all about. I did complete my first Spartan Race and with that completion I was challenged. I needed to not only do better in my next race, but I would take on an entire trifecta in my first season. I was hooked. I even have a tattoo to prove it, which took 3 stages to complete. My tattoo artist filled in each color after I completed each level of racing.
6 Of The Most Important Ways To Survive The Pandemic
A year has passed since the first time we went into lockdown as a nation. During the past year I learned how to survive being a teacher in a high school and this article is what I have learned to be the best ways to survive this pandemic.
The Dreamer: Chapter 7
Marcus scanned the room for his friends at their usual table. The cafeteria is one of those that have long tables lined up in rows. There are five rows of two tables each. At each table there are twenty round stools attached to it so you can not move them. Marcus, Jonathan, and Jeff always ate lunch together. After the day he was having, Marcus just wanted to relax with his buddies. Marcus walked over to the table and smiled genuinely to see that Jeff and Jonathan were waiting for him. As he sat down he thought to himself, ‘Life will be so much different if I can not stop the accident.’