This is an old blog I wrote nearly 6 years ago – dear God, has it really been that long? – after climbing Mount Fuji. When I saw the daily post ‘mountain‘ I couldn’t help but dig it back up.
Mountain climbing really is an amazing experience and re-reading this brought that back in a huge rush. If you’ve never climbed a mountain, I would highly recommend it.
PS – I actually took that picture!
This is a post in response to the daily prompt: Childhood.
I compiled a list of things that came to mind as soon as I read the word, and it’s in no particular order. I am sure some of them will relate, depending on your age, and others will have a similar link but a different name.
Still, the idea of childhood brings with it a very visceral response that ignites memories of a day when things seemed so much simpler..
The day was March 11th, 2011. I was living in a small town, teaching English to junior high school students. It was their graduation day that day, a whole class of children were moving on to high school in a week. Many cried, many laughed. To be honest, up until 2:45 that day, it had been a really good day.
The graduation finished at around noon and the teachers all headed back to the staff room to pretend to work. I sat at my desk, typing away as always. I was trying to put the last touches on the novel I was writing.
Then it hit. I heard it coming up through the ground before I felt it, and every sense in my mind told me to run. I shot up from my desk, slammed my computer shut, and bolted for the door. The other teachers actually laughed at me.
They wouldn’t be laughing long… Continue reading