Run for Sherry Arnold
Like so many others yesterday, I dedicate my run to Sherry Arnold. For those of you who haven’t heard her story, she was a high school math teacher in Sidney, Montana, who headed out for a morning run around 6:30 am on January 7th, 2012, and was never seen again. She is presumed dead though her body has not yet been found. It is a tragic story and one that hits close to home for me because, like her, I, too, am a mother & runner.
Saturdays are long run days for my half marathon training so I set out for my 6 mile run. It was a very windy day and my route was hilly so I really had to work for it. There were a couple of moments I remember getting lost in my thoughts and found myself getting a little emotional about what happened to Sherry. Just past the 2 mile mark, Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life started playing and the lyrics “It’s my life, It’s now or never, I ain’t gonna live forever, I just wanna live while I’m alive” came through my headphones and I about stopped in my tracks. In that moment, I was hit with the painful reality that Sherry was robbed of her choice to live her life. In that moment, it was made clear the devastation her family & friends are forced to endure because of this heinous act.
When something like this happens, we are reminded of how short life is and that it can end at any moment. We are reminded of the importance of living every day like it may be your last. And, in looking at the outpouring of support from people all over the world, we are also reminded that there is still some good out there.
I hope and pray that those responsible for this tragedy are brought to justice, that Sherry is found, and that her family & friends are able to eventually find peace and healing.