Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Climb that Hill - Remembering Why We Came

Jim Stobaugh gives a tremendous word to homeschooling parents: "I would have climbed more hills with my children."  His article made me slow down and well up on the inside.

Here is the beginning of his article on the HEDUA website . . .

In Eudora Welty’s short story “Worn Path,” the elderly African-American grandmother protagonist, Phoenix, has come to the doctor to obtain medicine for her grandson. But, because of senility, she cannot remember why she came!

The nurse tries to tease out of Phoenix her reason for coming.
‘You mustn’t take up our time this way, Aunt Phoenix,’ the nurse said. ‘Tell us quickly about your grandson, and get it over. He isn’t dead, is he?’
At last there came a flicker and then a flame of comprehension across her face, and she spoke.
‘My grandson. It was my memory had left me. There I sat and forgot why I made my long trip.’
‘Forgot?’ The nurse frowned. ‘After you came so far?’
Do you know why you are starting? Are we at the place where we can get the solution to our problems, but have we forgotten why we came?

Read the entire article, "Remembering Why We Came," here. 

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