30 May '13, 9pm

AFTERNOON READ: My father gave me the greatest gift of all -- running.

AFTERNOON READ: My father gave me the greatest gift of all -- running.

It was the year of the 1996 blizzard in our quiet Northern New Jersey suburb. We were expecting five feet of snow (epic fort building and snowball fighting conditions). Before it hit, my father boldly decided he would take me out in the 30-degree weather, “Meg, c’mon I’m going to take you for a run.” I quickly agreed, unfamiliar with what running entailed. It was like tag right? My dad met me in his loud running garb at the bottom of our staircase, donning a bright blue matching jacket and track pants lined with silver reflectors. I wore an oversized long sleeve passed down from my brother, pajama bottoms, and gloves. We walked out into the crisp gray winter air, slowly turning to a light trot along the pine tree-lined streets. I optimistically took stride, without a sense of distance or time. We chatted about things at school, my brothers, and how I really looked forward ...

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