August 31 – Head in the Clouds

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I met this family at the Woods Hole Hostel in VA. It’s so cool knowing that they finished. What an amazing accomplishment!!!

Originally posted on A Family Adventure of the 2,185 mile hike from Georgia to Maine - 2014:

We woke up early and hit the trail by five thirty to try to beat the forecasted weather expected to roll in later in the day. Most of the other thru-hikers had a similar approach and were on the trail between five and five-thirty. But even Spider-Man, the fastest of us up the mountain (in about two hours and ten minutes), ended up with his head in the clouds.

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Love Letters

There’s a pile of paper by his bed. He has spent hours searching for the perfect words to say. Scratched out countless lines. None of them are good enough. The feelings are there but the words are not. He tries again. He writes each word meticulously, neatly, making sure every words is legible, every word perfect. He closes “With Love” comma. He signs his name. He reads, re-reads, and reads again. Removes the paper from the pad. And starts over. It’s still not good enough.

Two Blinks

She smiles. All he can do is stare. It’s not that he doesn’t want to talk, he can’t. Not when she looks at him like that.

Two blinks.
Looking for words.
Two more.

The knot has long migrated from his stomach to his throat. “Confidence”, he tells himself, “be confident!” but his knees buckle. How can he be confident? She’s so beautiful.

Two blinks.
She’s still smiling.
Two more.

She speaks, but he can’t hear her. All he can see are the depths of her eyes, the freckles on her checks, and that gorgeous smile. He’s lost.

Two blinks.
Looking for composure.
Two more.

You are Beautiful

You are beautiful. His mind fumbles through words, but that’s all he can say. You are beautiful. That’s everything summed up in three simple words. There’s more but he can’t articulate it. Perhaps there are no words for such a simple profound attraction. He breathes. “You are beautiful.” That’s all, just….You are beautiful.