I almost always work on Sundays; except for on Easter and Mother's Day. Because my co-worker is not big on celebrating those holidays, she kindly takes those days in my stead. I'm not sure why that wasn't the case this year, but I found my work day on May 11th to be an emotional one...and not in a good way.
|A fern roofed cave|
I chalk this up in part to the fact I'm sort of half way immersed in the empty nest syndrome. My kids are going in every which direction, and none of it feels very solid at all. I want them safe. Actually, not just safe; but confidently headed somewhere that is very clearly mapped out. But as it stands, the majority have jumped out of the nest with no idea how to fly; and are just hopping around begging to get eaten. (well, one made it back safe into the nest...and after two months of seeing dishes and wrappers all over the house, I'm feeling like pushing him out as soon as the next available cat walks by)
|"If you were homeless and living in the woods,|
you could use these as shelving!" Amber...
always so resourceful.
I knew I'd be pushing my luck if this hike required a long drive, so I was very happy to find trip reports for a new trail on Chuckanut drive. Chuckanut is a hiking staple in these parts, so getting something new introduced to our regular trail diet is pretty exciting. "The Rock Trail" promised 100 foot high sandstone cliffs and a cave you could explore, and all for just a round trip of 4 miles.
Pastor Marilyn came out with a rock, and set it on the table. She read a few scriptures that reference God as "our rock". Then she told the most heart felt story of riding in the car with her mother. She explained how they had just gotten through something really tough, and her mother was looking at her with a beautiful, relieved and happy smile. The memory stood out to her because of the lyrics of a classic Paul Simon song playing at that moment on the radio:
My mama loves me, she loves me
She gets down on her knees and hugs me
She loves me like a rock
She rock me like the rock of ages
And loves me
She loves me, loves me, loves me, loves me...
"This is the love of God", she declared. It was hard not to cry; even as I write this I'm tearing up. I want and need it so desperately to be true; for me and every human being. But when I look around at the world, it can be very difficult to hold onto at times.
|Be prepared for 338 stairs...169 down,|
then another 169 back up.
I love them, I love them, I love them...