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Collinsville Middle School PE teacher. Married (19yrs.)with two boys (12 and 8) 7th grade boys basketball coach. Avid cyclist

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stop # 30 Kirksville, MO

Hello again
I called ahead to the Kirksville UMC thinking I could make my connection ahead of time? Bad idea. I got rejected I think for the first time?? The Pastor said they just couldn't help me. No, I did not get freaked out. I knew something would happen and it did. When I went through Moravia I saw the school. I went in to fill up my water bottles and met Angie. She was an amazing help. She made a bunch of calls for me and tried to get me set up in Kirksville for the night. I also met the librarian, Rosemary, and she too tried to make some calls for me. I told them not to worry about it and that I had Faith that something would come through. I left for Kirksville and when I got here I decided to treat my self to a Wendy's Frosty ( they are good!) So I turned around to sit down and I saw Rosemary in there. We sat and talked for a little while and had a great conversation. She even decided to offer me a place to sleep at her house. Angie had just called me a few minutes before to ask if I had had any luck and to ask if I was missing my riding gloves. I said no and uh, yes. She told me that her boss Bill Lake, would put me up in a hotel if I wanted to do that and she could bring my gloves since she lives in Kirksville. So I thanked Rosemary but I decide to take the hotel room instead. They put me up in a Holiday Express for tonight. Man, I am a fortunate guy. I can't thank all of you enough, thanks thanks thanks!!!!!
The more I try to plan things the more I get discouraged. The more I just lean on my Faith, the easier everything becomes. Not just Faith in God but Faith in kindhearted people. I cannot count how many times people have taken care of me on this journey. So, to everyone out there who I have met, thanks. I was having a conversation this morning with this man and a woman. He said he needed to find some Faith in people. I told him it starts with us. It's ok to say hi to people and to be friendly with everyone. If it's not returned, who cares, at least you were giving. I think he understood exactly what I was saying. I hope they both share our conversations with the people that they come into contact with on a daily basis. I really feel like we could all do a better job of being kind to each other, it starts with us. I was able to share my story with several people today. It really helps me get energized and to appreciate just how lucky I am. Caleb is special to hundreds if not thousands of people. I know I am only one of many who was and is touched by my relationship to that boy. I owe it to him, the Zarzecki's, my family, and everyone I meet to carry his inner strength and share it with everyone I come into to contact with. We can all share what he means to us by how we interact with everyone. Sorry, I'm not trying to get deep, I just want everyone to know how much he helped me become a better person. I'll bet most of you know exactly what I am talking about if you ever met this guy.
Tomorrow is suppose to be a 85 mile day. I'm not sure I'm up for that many miles since I rode 70 today. Did I mention all the hills? Oh yeah, I'm sure I did! lol So, I will post as soon as I can and let everyone know where I am and what has happened. Oh, I was stoked to finally get into Missouri, only one state away!!!!!!!!!!!!! Home home home home. Cya TK


Michelle Jefferson said...

That's what I've believed all along! Caleb was God's instrument! God has a plan for each of us, but Caleb was a notch above. Gives me goosebumps:-)

Jennifer said...

Ok...I have to say that this post of yours hit me the most, emotions coming like crazy, tears of joy though. Michelle I agree, goosebumps too!!! Caleb truely was a notch above. His story touches any and all who hear it, how can it not, and I feel extemely lucky to have had him in my life for 3 years. Well better get to the treadmil....and sorry, have to say ILL INI!!! Booo Mizzouuuu. ;-) Still like ya though Tom, won't hold it against ya!

Take care, Jen