Sometimes families fight, fall apart, disappoint, get lost in their own struggles.
They cannot always be there the way we want them to be,
In the after school special type way,
Where the mom always says the right thing, the dad is all knowing,
And the siblings are best friends.
But then we lucky souls come across friends who become family,
Celebrating holiday traditions together,
Creating new ways of doing things,
Pushing us to reach higher,
Thanks #UberMariel for all the family dinners, for spreading your love of reading, and all your selfless service for those who are down, trying to climb up. Broken by addictions, spat out by a cold city, seeking hope, you reach out a friendly hand to run, an easygoing ear to listen.
Mariel works at @bomfnyc where she helps transform lives every day. And she makes killer kale salad, is down for any trip and always pushing the rest of us to run more and reach higher.