This past weekend I traveled to Boston for a few days in what turned out to be “girls weekend away.” It was initially scheduled as a weekend to go back home with my son, to see my family, but due to my family also going away on the holiday weekend, it turned into a trip to see my college friends. Oh yes, and run in a half marathon while I was there (OK, that is really what initiated the trip). My goodness this was a weekend that was long overdue, as there is nothing like a weekend away with friends.
The weekend pretty much was a perfect 10 in every category, from beautiful clear sunny skies, to comfortable temperatures, to a lot of laughs. We had dinner at an upscale Italian restaurant in Boston’s Back Bay, yet sat outside since the night was so great. The run the next morning was a perfect 13.1 miles through downtown Boston, along the Charles River, up to Harvard University and back through a different part of the city. Then brunch followed at another outside café on Newbury Street. Then we walked ¾ mile to Fenway Park to go to the Red Sox game. The Sox sort of messed up the weekend a little by giving up the lead in the 9th inning and losing the game, but just to be in Fenway again, having great seats, was just awesome.
I hung out with my college friends – two of us are Chiropractors (how ironic is that?); another is a Veterinarian, and the other an executive with the Red Sox (hence the great seats behind home plate). I would say that UMass trained us well – all happy, successful individuals. We laughed and reminisced like good ole college friends do, especially when we don’t see each other that much nor stay in touch as much as we do (though Facebook has certainly made that much easier). Some of the laughs were hard belly laughs; the ones that hurt yet make you feel really great. It was a much-needed weekend for the soul.
My friend Lynn is a chiropractic neurologist in Massachusetts, and graduated from Chiropractic College in California a few months before I started. She was certainly influential in my decision to change careers and become a chiropractor and I still learn so much from her. She currently owns a Brain Balance studio up there, an amazing facility for children with learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, etc. (There’s also one in Roswell, we’ve referred patients there, ask us about it). We adjusted each other while we were together, learning from one another as we went. That’s one of the great things about chiropractic, is each chiropractor is different and has their own style and touch. She certainly helped me the night before the race and I know I helped her.
The saying “make new friends but keep the old, some are silver and the other gold” rang true, as I must say these are “gold” friends. A weekend away with friends that included a half marathon, great meals, a Red Sox game, lots of laughs and some chiropractic adjustment was just a perfect 10.