Memorial Day weekend. An opportunity seized by almost all climbers to take advantage of an extended break from our day to day lives to go climbing. Unfortunately for me, my recent thumb surgery has me sidelined and thinking.
As with this entire process, I spend a lot of time missing all those days spent at the crags with friends new and old. Time spent worrying about things like saving skin & energy for that next burn. I often think that I would give just about anything to be able to do so again. (Or frankly at this point I would give just about anything to have just one day where it didn’t feel like my hands were on fire, let alone anything having to do with climbing but I digress)
However, this being the first Memorial Day weekend I haven’t been away climbing in recent memory has given me a great chance to catch up on many of the things we sometimes give short shrift to in our climbing endeavors like non-climbing friends and family. It has been surprisingly great to catch up and see them instead of worrying about climbing.
Also, when compared with the sacrifices that thousands of soldiers and their families have made for our country, I guess it isn’t all bad for the ole Narc then is it? So, as you return from what was hopefully a great weekend of climbing with friends, or from catching up with family and friends, take a moment to think of those who have given everything for our country.