May. 28, 2021
JUST SO YOU KNOW---I STAY "CONNECTED" WITH MY OLD FRIEND.
MY Great Wall remembrances are never far away----they find me when I’m sitting in traffic, walking by the fast-moving river, or watching smoke-trails from a high-flying jet. The Wall is with me when I smell wetness on mossy rocks, or climb frost-covered inclines. My memories often consume me, and, like stepping into cold rain on a sweltering day, my body shakes.
I close my eyes and, in an instant, I'm back on The Wall. Those are the times I touch the wind, hear the silence, and share aloneness....all under a brilliantly blue sky that speaks only Chinese.
I share those moments with tears filling my eyes, running down my face, dripping from my chin…and I don’t stop them. Tears are my evidence, my emotional reminders. Yes, I was really there.
The magic comes from knowing.... my "Once upon a time" began with a nine year old girl, a teacher, a geography book....and a Dream.
PS...And...after all these years... I still have my fourth grade Geography Book.