Perez Halpern English - April 2018

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April 2018


This time of year, I start looking forward to warmer weather. By April, I’m anxious to get into open-toed shoes and play outside with my son. As I shared in the last edition, I had begun training for the Pikes Peak 10K that happens this month, but I’ve had a setback with my ankle. It doesn’t look like I will be able to run it. That being said, it’s amazing how much the weather can change from one month to the next. In Puerto Rico, where I grew up, there weren’t really seasons, though we thought we had them. We had beach access year- round, which was incredible. We’d run straight from school to the beach and dip our feet in the water. Our school was just a few blocks away — can you imagine? We were so lucky to have it that close by. Just thinking about it, I can almost smell the sea breeze and feel the warm water on my skin.

It’s a good reminder that I’m happy to be where I am. I love the seasons we get to experience on the East Coast. I’ve traded in beaches for trails and running shoes. Of course, you don’t have to go far to find sand and water, like we did during our trip to Florida last month. Frolicking in the warm weather gave our family a much-needed dose of sunshine and fresh air. You know what I love about spring? It’s the chance to hit the refresh button and focus on what matters in life. With warmer weather, we can get back to our outdoor activities and enjoy more time with loved ones as the days get longer. The change in seasons makes me feel blessed for everything I get to do: run outside, play with my son, and share those extra hours in the day with my husband. I’m also very grateful to work with people like you. You make our community better, and it’s an honor to be here to serve you, no matter the season. There’s a story inside the newsletter about one of the amazing families I’ve been fortunate to work with. They are a great example of why I love my job.

As locals, we wouldn’t even think about getting into the water if it was cold. That was our concept of seasons — was the

water warm enough to swim in, or did it make us hop right back out in shock? I think fondly of that time. Puerto Rico was an amazing place to grow up. Right now, it’s also a tough place to be. Many people are still recovering from Irma and Maria without power. It’s hard to

Enjoy the warmer, longer days, and have an amazing spring season. –Meliha Perez Halp ern

watch others go through that in a place I used to call home. | 1

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