Anyhoo, I may have mentioned in the past that son #2 runs cross country for his college. He pretty much runs every day, rain or shine, blistering heat or below freezing temps (he has had icicles on his eyebrows before). He's very motivated and dedicated, which is a good thing, but I have to admit, his running gives me a bit of anxiety.
Some of his runs are on narrow streets with no sidewalks, and I have a mystery writer's brain, okay? I can imagine all kinds of bad scenarios in the blink of an eye. So, when he went out for a long run yesterday (I believe it was 13 miles or so), and didn't come back when I thought he would, I began to worry. Because we just moved, I worried about him getting lost in the surrounding area, and I worried about other things, too (no need to go into those). The later he was, the more my anxiety increased and my stomach churned. (BTW, he does wear a ROAD ID band when he runs, and if you have a runner in your life, I HIGHLY recommend them.)
So, I sent up a little prayer. Just your basic, "Please let him be okay, please if he's lost, help him find his way home" kind of thing.
|That's my story and I'm sticking to it.|
About a minute later, I heard a noise in the garage. I thought it was him (hurrah!), so I went to investigate and found the door leading from the garage into the house ajar, but no son #2. The wind must have blown the door open.
BUT just as I was pulling the door closed, I spotted son #2 blazing past the house, continuing on his run (he'd been "exploring"--ha!).
Ah. The door opening hadn't been the wind at all, but an answer to a plea. A "look, he's just fine, stop worrying so much" response to a prayer... A "thank you" just doesn't seem like enough gratitude in that kind of situation, does it?
The kids went back to school last night, and I'm back to planning dinners for two for a while. I can't guarantee I'll stop worrying so much, especially about my kids, but I'm going to try. No bets on how long that will last! After all, son #1 and my d-i-l are driving here from North Carolina for Thanksgiving...
Happy Monday, everyone.