Monday, April 4, 2011

Best Weekend of My Life

It's the feeling after riding your bike 100 miles in one day and you make it to your destination, or walking back 5 miles to the great looking campground you passed on the train... with a 50 pound pack on your back... or, the backbreaking goodness after doing a solid weekend of restoration work on the old home you love. It's the best feeling ever!

Our weekend with all the incredible people from Outward Bound Intercept was seriously one of the highlights of my entire life. And the best part? Seeing Drew. Sharing in his adventures, his learning, his accomplishments... his failures... his making it back up on top. Meeting his course mates; 7 other young men going through their own personal struggles, and coming to terms with positive change. It was the most powerful, healing, touching, amazing experience, and I haven't cried this much in a very, very long time.
Tears from the heart for the paths we have all traveled.
Tears of relief for the strides these boys have made.
Tears of joy for seeing our son find his moment of connectedness and realization.
Tears of wonder, remembering when I forged a similar experience in my own learning.
Tears of thanks for others who dedicate their lives to helping very special young men and women find their way.

"There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less." -Kurt Hahn

Thank you, Outward Bound. I am a supporter of what you do forevermore.


Heather Woollove said...

Oh, Val...I can't tell you how happy I am for you and your whole family. The weekend sounds great and what a lovely way to reconnect with your son, too!! XXOO--

TUTU Monkey said...

Val....this post made my day. (((HUGS)))....continued strength to all of you!!

junelle said...

Cool experience! I need this for my sons! I love the quote, too. I may need it~ love to you! Junelle