Update to my post on Meg Menzies:
The death of Meg has attracted a ton on media and social media attention, her spirit lives on not only with her family, but also in the 90,000 in the running community who ran miles in her honor. #megsmiles
I did not know Meg, but I followed the story, I cried for her family, I hurt for the loss and I read a ton of posts on the impact she had on peoples lives. Each one moved me… Then I read this post, I was floored.
Written by: Loren A. R.
I got up at sunrise today to take pictures of Meg’s memorial. I didn’t know Meg. I’m not sure why her story has affected me so deeply…maybe because I’m also a mom of young children, maybe because I’m also a runner. But I’ve been unable to get her story…her family…her babies…out of my mind.
So, I stood there this morning, with a lump in my throat, snapping pictures of one of the most powerful images I’ve ever photographed. As I did, a man stopped his car and got out and stood with me. He asked me if I knew her. I said no. We stood in silence together. After a minute, I asked him if he knew her…..he said, “Yes. She was my wife.”
I’m not sure what I said to him after that, I stood there crying, fumbling over my words, unable to find the right things to say. He was very kind. He told me what he was doing that morning and that he just stopped to thank me.
On the way home, I thought about all the things I’d wished I’d said to him. I wish I could have impressed upon him how utterly sorry I am for his loss, how I feel physically ill when I think about those children having to grow up without their mom, how angry I am about the unfairness of it all. I wish I could have spoken encouraging or uplifting words to him. But I didn’t. Maybe I didn’t need to.
Maybe all I really needed to say was thank you, Mr. Menzies. Thank you for stopping to speak to me. Thank you for letting all of us in. Thank you for sharing your wife with us, her life and her legacy. Meg has touched so many, inspired so many, and reminded every one of us of the preciousness of life. One of the things you said this morning was that you wish she was here to see all of this. When I look at this photograph, I get the feeling that, in a way, she was.
Posted Tuesday 14 Jan 2014
There were two deaths Monday morning near Richmond, Va and there should have been NONE.
A local runner died, she leaves behind a family with young children and a future full of dreams.
A local doctors career, lively hood and peace of mind also died Monday morning, when he killed a mother, wife, sister, daughter and member of the community.
Was their deaths a result of an accident, some terrible sequence of events that could not be stopped? Was it the result of some medical procedure gone wrong or a terrible disease that has no cure?
NO. Both deaths were preventable. Both deaths were stoppable, both preventable and both treatable.
For the cost of a cab ride home, a family will be forever grieving the loss of Meg Menzies. Meg was killed by a drunk driver.
For the cost of a call for help, a 47-year-old Doctor will forever live with the decisions he has made. According to all reports, He was the drunk driver. There will be talk of forgiveness and yes he should be forgiven for his sins, I BELIEVE that, but even after forgiveness the fact remains he took someone’s life. And he will have to live with that.
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, is it really that hard to figure out? News story here.
I personally did not know Meg, but my heart breaks for her family. I will pray for them, and Mr. Carlson and his family, there needs to be healing all the way around.
BUT I will also run for her. Runners from all over the globe will gather to run in honor of Menzies’ life on Saturday, Jan. 18. A public Facebook page called Meg’s Miles has been created to raise awareness about the event. I’ll be running at Noland Trail Saturday morning starting at 730 am, Please come out and join me.