4-years, 5-months, 25-days into Samantha’s abduction


Adriana Coronel Tenorio, Adriana Howitt Coronel, Ari Coronel, Ari Coronel Tenorio, Ari Howitt, Ari Howitt Coronel, Lollaloopsy, Newport Beach, OC Marathon

Sunday, May 5, 2013: Hi Sam. I am at the OC Marathon in Newport Beach this morning. I have friends running and I am here to support the effort. It’s taken a lot to not breakdown and cry in front of all these people. I have had a heavy heart ever since I left yesterday. Speaking of which, you have such an amazing heart Sam. The Lollaloopsy piñata was beautiful and too see you care about it the way you did and how upset you were when it was being, well, being used as a piñata. My heart broke with yours. I’m glad we went to get you a new one.

The people who run long distances like this are just plain nuts. I am good for about 100 yards, maybe 200 yards before I get bored. I find these marathons to be inspiring. More power to these people. It takes a lot of discipline to concentrate for 13-26 miles like that. UGH. No thanks. Give me a mountain bike. Give me a surf board. Give be a perfectly good airplane to parachute out of. Give me jiu jitsu. But running? No thanks.

Marathons are a great way for people to raise money for various charities. As I am standing in line for waiting for coffee, a little boy walks by me with his dad. The little boy is battling cancer and seeing his little head with no hair from all the treatments. Yet he could not be happier. He’s bouncing around like any 4-year old would be doing. My eyes welled up seeing him. They are welling up right now as I write this. It made me think, even though our situation is completely insane, our worst day is still better than this little boy’s best day as he continues to fight this awful disease. I have no doubt that he will beat it with his energy, attitude and that big smile. A smile I will not soon forget.

So, I imagine right about now all you girls are waking up and picking up where you left off last night. Candy. Cupcakes. Cake. Corndogs. Coca-Cola. Chocolate milk. Carmel corn. Repeat in any order you see fit. And of course Lollaloopsy. What I would not give to be a fly on the wall in that house when people start to call Adriana Coronel Tenorio (AKA Adriana Howitt Coronel, Ari Coronel, Ari Coronel Tenorio, Ari Howitt, Ari Howitt Coronel) inquiring about what a complete asshole she has been to us. I LOVE YOU SAM!