Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Why China? Part 2: The Climb

The Great Wall

It was built to keep intruders out.  One mile up and one mile down.  “There are two climbs here,” Our tour guide told us.  “One side is hard,” he said, “the other…harder.  You choose.”

I looked at the uneven stairs stretching toward the sky, and chose hard, knowing that it would be enough.

My feet were careful on the sometimes icy steps.  I wore layers against the November chill.  There were many hands clinging to the rail.  I couldn’t always reach.

It was meant to be a hard climb.  It was meant to slow down the enemy.  The un-evenness had purpose.

I am not the enemy, but the un-evenness challenged me as if I were.  My short legs were not made for tall steps.  Sometimes I had to crawl.

It was warmer near the top.  My layers became a burden.  I left my heavy coat along the way to be gathered on my downward hike.

We celebrated at the top.  The view was breathtaking.  I felt victorious.  It was hard, and I made it.  I can do hard things.

Linda Garner  


Carolyn V said...

Wow Linda! That looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

-blessed holy socks said...

"This finite existence is only a test, son," God Almighty sed to me in my coma. "Beyond thy earthly tempest is where you'll find corpulent eloquence" (paraphrased). Lemme tella youse without d'New Joisey accent...

I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET any moe curly, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs when my beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girl passed-away at 17.

Find-out where we went on our journey far, far away like the symbiotically, synonyMOUSE metaphors which creep across thy brain bringing U.S. together, exorbitantly done in four, sardonic satires?

"Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness as bright as stars for all eternity" -Daniel 12:3

Here's also what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you' -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

Go git'm, girl. You're incredible.
See you Upstairs...
I won't be joining'm in da nasty Abyss where Isis prowls

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God blessa youse
-Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL