Friday, June 24, 2016

Watch Your Step

She remembered the year the when the four friends climbed every day. They chose hikes that lasted for hours and she loved how fast she walked. Clambering over large rocks, racing on trails, wanting to go faster than the times listed as average. She recalled how on hot days the sweat poured down her back. Now she's older and she sometimes needs to sit when a rock has a big drop. She looks at the ground, careful not to trip over a loose rock, or one that sticks out ready to catch a hiking boot. It takes longer to finish a hike and she no longer walks faster than the listed time.

Now she appreciates that she still hikes the trails. Her times are slower and everyone passes her. " Remember," she says, " when we passed other hikers?"


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