My 13 year old spent the entire weekend on the rock. Learning about aid climbing, gear placement, safety and responsibility. It was a JOY to watch him push boundaries and find fulfillment in his own achievements. It was an interesting experience trusting and finding faith in my own parenting, as I slowly let out more and more rope.
Climbing teaches so much about life. Boundaries, courage, fear, faith, support, self worth. The list is endless. My hope is that he continues to take what he has gained on the rock and applies it to the everyday moments.
The following poem is my contribution to Poetry month, inspired by my son.
Love you more than the mountains love the sky Rowen.
daisy chains & cow loops
quick draws & fifi hooks
ascending the atriers of life
methodically pushing the boundaries of childhood
faith and intention your protection
finding fulfillment in perseverance
wisdom in vulnerability
pushing through fear with perspective & purpose
courage & experience leading the way
intuition nudging you
mentors supporting you
trust sustaining you
the rock grounding you
the sky you aspire to
nature sings a chorus of encouragement
the rope lengthens, stretching your spirit
each climb a notable achievement
towards independence & responsibility
Yet, gently your shadow swings
always a portal to your youth’s imagination
love ♥ your constant belayer
to catch you when you falter
ever so slowly you spread your wings
to one day take flight and soar
For the non climbers out there. Atriers and daisy chains are ladders made from webbing. Cow loops and fifi hooks are also essential tools that are used in aid climbing. If you have not yet, push your boundaries and give rock climbing a go. So rewarding and so much FUN!
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