My husband has been wanting to take our oldest son on a hike for ages. This Saturday they seized the opportunity to go to Mount Pleasant in the George Washington National Forest.
In the morning we bade a fond farewell to our intrepid hikers:
and went about the rest of our day:
That afternoon I received this text from my husband:
I went to pick up my son at the ER to spare him the inevitable, lengthy wait for a verdict and his dad’s eventual discharge. Back at home, I continued to check in with my husband over the next several hours by text:
When he was finally home with a diagnosis of a multiple fracture, he explained what happened…
After reaching the summit, they started to make their way back down toward the trail head. My husband’s boot caught on a rock hidden by fallen leaves, and all six feet three inches of him went crashing down. Unfortunately, they were still quite a distance away from the car.
“It was agonizing. Believe me, you would not want to walk two miles down a mountain on a broken ankle,” he told me that evening.
“Uh, yeah. As we all know, I wouldn’t want to walk two miles down a mountain, period,” I replied…”Why didn’t you call for help?”
“I didn’t want to cause a fuss. I would have been too embarrassed,” he said…”I hobbled along, and whenever anyone passed, I’d straighten up and pretend like nothing was wrong.”
He mimicked how he would give a cheery wave and say to every passer-by, “Beautiful day for a hike!”
I shook my head.
“Remember when your dad fell into a ravine on his hike and he got a gash on his forehead that required stitches?! And you were so upset with him, because instead of getting help, he just made his way back to his car and drove home for hours gushing blood from the gaping wound? Remember?! Remember how you scolded and scolded him for doing that?! You are your father’s son!”
“There’s a HUGE difference!” my husband protested, “My dad hid behind rocks whenever he saw anyone on the trail!”
“NO DIFFERENCE! You two are EXACTLY the same!”
“Well,” my husband conceded, grinning…”That’s the spirit that built the great British empire!”
It might explain the fall of the great British empire too…