like people who get up and put legs under their dreams and give
their dreams a chance to materialize, be realized, be fulfilled.
I have a sister,
Marie Teresa McMahon, who has told her family of six children and her
82-year-old husband that one day she was going to "walk" over the
Brooklyn Bridge. Now to anyone who knows that the bridge is a third of a
mile long, this is really not such a remarkable feat. It is just 1,595
feet of boards made into a suspension bridge hanging over the East River
between New York and Brooklyn built in 1883.
However for a
Midwestern girl born in Milwaukee Wisconsin 80 years before, the
Brooklyn Bridge was sort of an untouchable experience.
We all have
untouchable dreams that we have just not taken to heart to fulfill them.
On her 80th birthday May 25th 2004 Marie announced to her family she
was going to walk the bridge. Most saw little importance in it because
it was no big thing. However a dream is a big thing, no matter how small
it may be.
Living in the
nation's first state in Wilmington Delaware a distance of several hours
from New York City, Marie decided to take the train and go to the Big
Apple for this special adventure. She was surrounded by her brother me,
her always there for important occasions and unnecessary but key
experiences son of Steamboat Springs Colorado Thom, his wife Noreen,
their children Ryan and Alyssa and her upstate New Yorker nephew Scott
Kiphart to make the bridge walk on a fabulous day.
the divided bridge above motorways below, we met joggers, walkers, lunch
break trekkers, bicyclers, parents with strollers and toddlers, dogs and
yes even cats on a leash—but no cars on this upper level—all with a good
view of the East River, the Statue of Liberty, the remarkable NYC
skyscape and boats heading to harbor and those going out to cross the
ocean. Truly a day of rejoicing as Marie fulfilled her dream accompanied
by loved ones—"A piece of cake," she smiled.
-Dr Herbert L Beierle