Michael: I was a felony prosecutor in New Hampshire for 11 years before I decided I needed a break from seeing the worst side of people. In the words of Roy Batty, “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.” While I have seen firsthand the incredible resilience of victims who suffered unspeakable crimes, I’ve also seen the deep and lasting trauma they have suffered. Unfortunately for me now, it is the unspeakable that is stuck most in my memory. It is time for me to take a break because, unlike Roy, it’s not my time to die.
(Sara just read that paragraph and told me it was too depressing. I also like triathlon, carrots, avocados, mountain biking, and I once built half an airplane.)
Sara: I have been a 5th/6th Grade teacher in NH for the past 13 years. I have loved witnessing the moments of enlightenment in my students as they embraced learning, but being an educator is exhausting and when you pour your heart and soul into it, there is little energy left for yourself. This past year, I managed to find enough of a balance, however, to train for a major life accomplishment. In July 2017 I became an Ironman. This experience taught me there are unexposed depths to which I can push myself and I want to see what else I can do. I am excited to take time away from the demanding life of a classroom teacher to explore our world and my own abilities.
Tanzi the Bernese Mountain Dog: I love my people. You are probably not one of my people…yet. I like walks in the mountains, but I’m a little out of shape. It’s not my fault, my people [used to] work too hard.
Kenai the Golden Retriever: I like everyone who will throw a ball or pet my belly. I am an excellent retriever, unless you ask me to retrieve a goose. I will swim and run all day long. I like broccoli so much I will pull broccoli plants out of the garden and eat them.