One of the Many Reasons I Want to Have a Family with HerAela Mass
For those of you who know my wife, you know just how big and true her heart is, how she inspires others to reach for goals they once thought unattainable, and how she never fails to make people laugh.
So, this post is a slight breakaway from the talks of our baby-making process and a nod to one of the many reasons I want to start a family with Sara.
Among many other talents, Sara is a certified CrossFit coach and two-time CrossFit Games Northeast Regional qualifier. We leave tomorrow for the competition just outside of Boston, MA, and have experienced an overwhelming level of support in her training both emotionally and financially. Sara’s competition this weekend has been paid in full via a fundraising page created for her (yes, by me). Hotels, travel, registration fees, etc., have all been taken care of by a ton of very generous donors: family members, friends, coworkers, athletes she coaches, and even a handful of people who have never met Sara. And the words of encouragement and her team of supporters have pushed her to new levels, and very much so contribute to her accomplishments.
Sara was at work already when I got up this morning, and I found the following letter from one of the athletes she coaches. It made me cry.
When my wife and I were building our house in 2006, we were blessed to have help of many friends and we made a few along the way. Frank “The Crane Guy” remains one of the kindest people I have ever met. I won’t bore you with the details, but he helped us through a crisis during construction through his support and technical help. When his job was done, I paid him for his time and he handed me some money back. He said to me, “Here… take your wife to dinner.” I began to object but he insisted. Frank reminded me about all the time and effort I was putting in to get the house done. He helped me to remember how important family time is.
I am making a contribution to the “Send Sara to the Games” fund with one condition. When it’s all over “Take your wife to dinner.” This money is not for protein shakes or hotel rooms. This is to be used directly for Sara and Aela however you deem fit.
I will not be going to the Reebok Center this weekend. But I am excited to hear everyone talking about going to support you. I’ll be home hitting the “refresh” on my computer tracking your progress. You are more than a Coach to everyone in class. You may not see it but I do. I speak to CrossFitters from different places and I actually feel bad that they don’t have you as a Coach. I have two suggestions for anyone who wants to get involved with what we do: 1) Go see Sara and 2) Paleo. I brag to people about you at work… “Yeah, my Coach won’t be in class Friday. She’s competing in the Regionals.”
You have a talent for showing kindness and compassion while at the same time inspiring people to go beyond what they thought they were capable of. I see how you interact with everyone who comes into the gym… and I see your fire and passion when you workout. You have made me a better person. You make me want to do better. I try to transfer that encouragement and inspiration to other people in my life. My life is better because of you… Hallmark doesn’t have a card for that. Thank you!
So this weekend, leave it all out there and when you get home Take your wife to dinner.
Much love and appreciation,
And that’s my wife, folks. That’s what she does and what she does best. I am proud of her and don’t know that I’d ever be able to say it as good as Dan. My wife gives her all to everything she does, and I know she will be an incredible mother.
Dan, by the way, is an athlete Sara has been coaching for over a year now. He’s a strong and handsome husband, father, and police officer not necessarily the stereotype of a guy you’d expect to write such a letter. Thank goodness we don’t believe in stereotypes.
If you want to track Sara’s progress at this weekend’s Northeast CrossFit Regional Competition, you can follow her on the Leaderboard, Individual Women, Region: Northeast by clicking here!
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