But that would be inappropriate. Nothing should be so casually compared... to the heroic constitution it takes to run and remember the victims of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon:
(Brooklyn Bergstrom, Layne Cates and Marly Berry ~ Harding Fine Arts and Harding Charter Prep)
or hosting a giant blow up gorilla to motivate runners as they suffer up the long, steep incline of Gorilla Hill that anchors our neighborhood.
( I am guessing the giant dressed up bananas are there to support the gorilla...)
While the rest of us are rooting and cheering and smiling in encouragement...the firefighters, dressed in full uniform as they walk and run, remain somber...
I recognize April 19 and the 168 people who died in my own way...working in the quiet of the garden...reflecting and remembering. Gardening gave me comfort in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy nineteen years ago...
as it does today when I need comforting and sustenance from Mother Earth.