A week long heartbreak

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
~From a headstone in Ireland

My heart aches for my friend and coworker who is hours away from the harsh reality that her son will be gone. The doctors were near miracle workers, fighting back against the tragic car accident that placed him in their care over a week ago. But it was simply too much for his body to endure, too much to recover from and so, after midnight clicks by tonight, they will let him go.

I am grateful that the doctors tried so valiantly, that they gave her and her family more time with him, even as stressful and heartbreaking as that time has been…it’s still more and more is priceless. Saying goodbye over the next few hours will not fix anything, but it is important nonetheless. He will leave this world knowing he was loved, that he mattered, that the world he is leaving behind may look the same in the morning but will never be the same for those who loved him because he is not in it.¬†Rest in peace JN.¬†1974-2013

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Sprint Car Cockpit

Sprint Car Cockpit

Sprint Car Cockpit ~ 2001

What strikes me most about this photograph is not how relaxed Richard is, but rather how much safety has changed in the last ten years. After Dale Earnhardt was killed, changes in safety technology immediately began to find their way into the cockpit in NASCAR, but it took a few years to trickle down to the grass roots level. These days, you would be hard pressed to find any driver not taking advantage of the many advances in safety, like full containment seats that are stronger and provide protection and support for the shoulders and head, as well as some type of head and neck restraint like the HANS device. Richard has both of these and while the monetary investment was high, the peace of mind that came with it has been priceless. His physical recovery from wrecks, which happen no matter how good you are, has been remarkably quicker since switching. Racing is still a dangerous sport and always will be, but advances in safety technology like these will always be welcome because they put the driver first.

Padlock Lovin’

Love Lock

Love Lock ~ 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of the day in which you go that extra mile to tell someone how much they matter to you, I share with you a romantic Parisian tradition. A padlock + your name and that of your special someone + a bridge over the Seine = a simple but charming gesture. Also, I wonder how often the city goes through and cuts the locks off or thins them out so the bridges do not get overwhelmed. Once a year, once a month…I guess it would depend on how many locks get added.

Bridge Locks

Bridge Locks ~ 2011

Bridge Locks

Bridge Locks ~ 2011