In contrast Margaret’s family was said to have believed and repeated at times, “We are good Catholics…” They held to a high pollyanna standard of showmanship with their church outings. The more embedded they became in the church, the more they could cover up their sins of generations. The more they could hide the relatives who left the church, even if they lived ten minutes away.
They assumed the more you went to church, the more the sins were forgiven. The more you spoke with the priest, the less of a sinner you were...
Completion of Humanness As we arrive to the completion of the first year without Norman, I had decided long before he'd passed that I would continue to do things certain things he liked yet could no longer do. I decided I would not take a day off of fitness. I would run at least for 500 days in a row. I began that in early 2020. I'd not be concerned with the distance I'd run. It was the very thing I convinced Norman and the thing that mattered to him, from the very first discussion we had August 11th, 1981, was fitness. I loved that he was a College Boy. He loved that I was a Marine. We tickled each other's soul with such admirations. Later fitness continued as an old discussion from 1994 ...getting outside and to run no matter what. I would say to him, "Run 200 meters, then 400 meters. If it doesn't feel good, stop. Turn around and walk back home and know you did your best. That is all you can ask of yourself." I said this, knowing he would get dow
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