Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Great Wall

Such a day... We have just returned from an acrobatic show, tickets gifted to us by a friend. Death-defying, spangled and glittering, marvelous...but just under the glitz, a shabby pallor. It was something to behold. Milo hollered and clapped, as enamored as we were. And I thought, not for the first time, that the people of this country are some of the most creative, determined souls God has made. I see that same determination in Milo.



 
 
 
The bravery of this child of mine is beautiful. It is an effort for him to walk on a sidewalk, yet with the strong arms of his daddy and brother, he made it over one thousand steps to the Great Wall today. Six hundred year old stonework doesn't lend itself to uniformity, and there were times when Milo was terrified by the uneven footing. And yet...he held tightly to our hands and even allowed himself to be carried and comforted. At the top, Alex and Monte hiked a crumbling section of wall to a rampart with views that protected a nation. Milo and I found a sunny spot of stone and watched the adventurers from a nest of down jackets. As the wind scrabbled across scrub trees and mountains, we shared crackers made for us by a dear friend at home, a soul who had been praying for this moment of peace for months.

We trekked down from the mountain exhausted and refreshed both. There were multiple stops for photos that our dear guide insisted were perfect "Kodak moments"...



We drove back into the city, and Milo fell asleep, curled up against Monte. And, this...this might just have been the highlight of today.


4 comments:

susan said...

9 years in an orphanage.....and then hiking the Great Wall. This boy is a resiliant soul. What a gift!

Auntie Erika said...

Wow, both adventures look spectacular and yet so different! I can't wait to meet this brave boy. Praying for your transition as you move on from Beijing. Much love to you all!

Anonymous said...

We are there with you, every step, with eyes full of puddles and hearts FULL of joy for your journey together. Thank you for your beautiful narrative, making it come alive for us. Praying you home, Jeanne & UmBob

Anonymous said...

Loving this. Gram and Papa B.