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Today I climbed Mount Everest

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The day started with rain - and it continued off and on all day. It wasn't warm by any stretch of the imagination. No point in being disheartened, however, we just have to get on with it.

This afternoon we met our grandson from school. It poured. We got soaked on the walk there, but as we made our way back the rain became lighter. We settled down to a cup of tea and a hot chocolate for grandson, and then noticed that the rain had eased off considerably. A walk was suggested, and grandson jumped at the chance. He loves walking, so I wasn't surprised.

Grandad didn't want to come. He had settled in to watch a soccer match on TV, so that was fine. Off we went. Oh, what fun.

I had forgotten what fun it can be to walk with a six year old. We had a destination in mind. (I didn't have my camera, by the way, so you will have to use your imaginations). There were three routes. 1 the quick way, 2 the not quite so quick way, 3 the definitely not quick way! He chose the latter. So, off we went.

Their house is towards the top of a hill. We made our way down, talking about school and looking at things as we went. We saw a slug. Long and brown it was oozing its way across the pavement. We decided that it was fine for slugs to meander like that, but we didn't fancy it for ourselves, we would much rather have legs. We saw puddles. Too much fun to bypass them - we ploughed through, splashing merrily and thinking of Dr Foster (rhyme at the end for those that don't know it). We walked on. Gardens were passed, fir cones examined, flowers counted (how many yellow flowers in that garden?) and cars compared (James' daddy has a car like that, but his is blue). It was a wonderful time of companionship, and all the time we were walking the long way around......

And then we saw it. Of course, we both knew it was there, but finally the time had come. Mount Everest!

The long way brought us back to the same hill on which is placed their house. But this time we approached it from the other side, and this side is steep. Apart from being steep it is also a windy road, so the summit is never visible until actually conquered. It's probably about a mile from bottom to top.

We set off. I was given good advice. 'The best way to walk here is to put one foot in front of the other, it just sort of works' One foot, another foot..... up we went. The road twisted and turned, but we laughed and giggled, so we didn't really notice. We reached a small plateau.... how far now, no idea, another bend ahead! We 'trudged' on. Our pace was good, we weren't tired and finally ...... YES!


Time to pitch a tent. The spot we chose wasn't the best as it was right in front of someone's drive - but this was an imaginary tent, so it didn't really matter. Now it got serious. We fixed on our oxygen tanks, made sure our crampons were suitably fixed and off we headed for the summit.

HOORAY! We planted the flag at the top (who cares that a car passed and I know the occupants thought we were doing something very odd. I couldn't help that their imagination didn't see the flag) and then we began the descent down the other side. Of course, we didn't have to go all the way down to the bottom, so we were soon there.

We told grandad all about it . His comment? 'Hope you remembered your crampons', so I was glad that we had.

It was the best exercise I've had in a long time. Sorry there are no pictures, but hopefully you still felt as though you were along with us.

As for Dr Foster - well here goes

Dr Foster
Went to Gloster (It's spelt Gloucester, but pronounced Gloster)
In a shower of rain
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And never went there again!

So, where was your Mount Everest today?

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  • JACKIE15108
    I'm so happy I read your blog! How lucky your Grandson is to have a Grandma like you! Think of all the memories you made for him yesterday.
    1525 days ago
    What a most Wonderful Tuesday !!! How delightful !! I am so happy you had such a grand adventure with such a darling little man !! Maybe next time we will get to see him in action !! Enjoy the moments with him.. they are precious !!

    hugs and love,
    1527 days ago
    Oh, I LOVE this blog!!! It makes me so happy and reminds me of the adventures of Christopher Robin and Edward Bear :) How wonderful a day you had!!! Thank you for sharing it!!!
    1527 days ago
    How fun. Love your blog, it tickles the imagination and inspires a youthful attitude. TY for a smile this morning. And thanks for visiting my blog-too.
    Have a blest day.
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    1527 days ago
    Your grandson will never forget it. You are giving him a grand example of how to keep your child-like enthusiasm for life. I do wish all children had such a fine example.
    Thanks for putting into words what an adventure you had!
    1527 days ago
    Love it. My Mt Everest was getting in my 10 flights of stairs with a flashlight. I ran out of sunlight! The sunset was gorgeous & the moon was full!
    1528 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    What a great day and a great time! Awesome that you can have that time with your grandson!
    1528 days ago
    I'm so glad your little champion was able to explain to you how to get up the mountain! Sounds like a delightful walk. I love to splash in the puddles and loved your little poem. It's one I've never heard...but will share.
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    1528 days ago
    I don't know what crampons are??

    But I know what the rest is talking about. I babysit several kids this age, and they are fun! emoticon

    1528 days ago
    Your grandson is a lucky boy. I still remember taking walks with my grandmother who had a gift for noticing things of great interest to a small child.
    1528 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/17/2013 8:25:20 PM
    Wow, love your blog, could actually see everything you described...I think this is why I love driving a school bus full of little kids...they have the best stories and everything is so simple and honest..just warms my heart listening to them talk and giggle.
    1528 days ago
    Sounds to me like you had a great day! And what a wonderful victory...climbing Mt. Everest! emoticon I think we can forgive you for no pictures...THIS time! emoticon emoticon
    1528 days ago
  • KACAR51
    Sounds wonderful! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1528 days ago
    Sounds like a lovely time!
    1528 days ago
    What a wonderful blog!!
    Unfortunately no mt Everest for me today,
    Home today sick,
    Nothing accomplished today,
    Wasted day
    Oh well, better be feeling better tomoro! ;-)
    1528 days ago
    Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow till you find your dream! Now where have I heard that before? You and your grandson have so much fun, that's what Granny's are for.glad you didn't forget your crampons. What a shame you forgot your camera. emoticon

    So today you really did go onwards and upwards!
    1528 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful time. It is easy to picture. Any destination is possible when you put your mind and imagination to it. Having kids with you during the walk does help you to see what you would normally ignore any other day.

    1528 days ago
    I read your blog smiling wider and wider! What a day, what a lovely family you are, and what a climb!
    1528 days ago
    Love, love, love your Blog. In my imagination, you and your grandson did everything just right to conquer Everest - and never mind the nosy neighbors!

    Wish my grandkids were here to walk with me in the rain today! And yes, I got my wish. It's cool and we've had a good half inch of rain. Wonderful for sere Kansas!!

    Now enjoy a nice cup of tea!!

    1528 days ago
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