It’s that time of year again! The biggest event in Bellingham is here, the Ski to Sea! I just love this weekend because to me, it signifies that summer days are nearly here, therefore, we have survived another gloomy, damp winter in the Pacific Northwest. I also love the Ski to Sea because it shows off all of Bellingham’s beauty- in its natural surroundings and its people. This event makes me proud to be from Bellingham.
Ever since I can remember my parents have done the Ski to Sea, and almost always the running leg. As a child, I remember being loaded into our big 15 passenger van in the early morning and cheering our parents on as they charged down Mt. Baker. Several years ago, my father started the tradition of putting together a family team. And we are pretty good (thanks to my sister marrying an amazing skier from Canada)! I have done the kayak, road bike and running leg over the years and every leg has been quite the challenge. Half-way through the legs, I have always asked myself, “Why? Why did I sign up for this…again?!” And it kind of reminds me of women in labor with their second, third, fourth etc who ask themselves, “Why did I think having another baby was a good idea?!” But then, they have their baby and the amnesia kicks in and then they are saying, “…that wasn’t so bad.” Because clearly, the discomfort they went through was worth it. Just like the discomfort of doing the Ski to Sea is worth it. Being a part of something greater than yourself is always a powerful experience ( whether it’s birthing your child or doing a leg in the Ski to Sea).
So this year, the family team is called Haven Midwifery in honor of my midwifery practice opening this month. Woo-hoo! Thank you to my family for supporting me in this endeavor (and for cooperating long enough to get a descent photo). See you at the finish line!