Today I was running up Cleveland street with my stroller full of nursing school books, raw food lunch, and business clothes so I could go to work after meeting with my nursing informatics small group.  I was listening to the Wood Brothers song, Chocolate on my tongue.   It was a beautiful 50 degrees.  Perfect after so many 20 degree, ice on the sidewalk, no you’re not gonna run so don’t even think about it, days.  The sun was shining.  This is life at its most joyful.

I was near the top of Cleveland Street.  It’s one of the most intense hills in Fayetteville and I run up it every day on the way to school and work.  So being near the top is pure bliss.  Singing along with the Wood Brothers, “if I die young, at least I’ll have some chocolate on my tongue.”  I can’t stop smiling.  And I think of my dad a month before he died.  We were all visiting him in Texas.  Somebody had brought him a chocolate cake for his birthday.  He didn’t bother using a fork, he was scooping the icing up off the cake with his thumb.  Loving it.  Seriously loving it.

Still smiling and crying simultaneously, cresting the top of Cleveland Street, I realize that today is the anniversary of his death.  So grateful for a visitation.

At work later I ran down to Little Bread Company in between massages to get a chocolate covered strawberry.   Have some chocolate and celebrate my dad.  “If I die young, at least I’ll have some chocolate on my tongue.”

Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student.  She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.