April 22, 2008 —

Yesterday was another example of the history and tradition of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Every April, we recognize Patriots'Day, a state holiday that commemorates battles of the Revolutionary War that took place in the Bay State. The celebration includes the running of the Boston Marathon, which has been run every year since 1896. I've actually run a marathon in the past. It is a lot of hard work, and it is something that requires excellent health, rigorous training, and a commitment to the goal of 26.2 miles. I don't know if my daughter will ever consider running a marathon in her life. What I do know is she does have goals, all of them require that she stay healthy. When you talk with your kids about what they hope to accomplish, remind them how important it is they avoid risky habits, like cough medicine abuse. Not only is it dangerous to their health, it also can become an obstacle to the many goals in their lives.