my eyes have seen the glory
September 22, 2009 § 4 Comments
A farm girl. Two brothers and a sister. And she’s new too. I met her because she’s part of the catholic student outreach and I had signed up for faith studies. “I’m here because I felt the calling,” she explained. I know I’ve heard the calling word many times. But talking to her, I understand what they mean when they say some people are a breath of fresh air.
I trudged on ahead. I was painfully aware of the fact that I was alone. I had asked if anyone wanted to come, and no one did, so I went on ahead and they let me go. I started to wonder if this was weird, if I was weird, to venture forth ahead, as if nothing could harm me. I heard the voice inside my head, telling me to turn back. But blessing myself with the sign of the cross for protection, I walked on and entered what seemed like a forest.
I couldn’t remember the way, but then I was glad I didn’t remember the way. Not remembering the way leads one to new places. Yesterday when she brought me here we had a small spot of land to walk on. But here, the hills rolled on before me. As I stood mesmerised by the sun setting in the mountains spanning vancouver, it occured to me I didn’t know the way back, that there were no lights along the trails leading me here.
But I stubbornly walked on down the hill. I wanted to drink in more of what lay before me.
I could see the river leading out to the ocean. I could see the mountains. I could see the sun sinking slowly down. I could see the city lights. All in one. And no camera would do justice to this.
Then I heard the guitar. A restaurant. Around me, there were couples, children running about, even a guy running down the hill with a rainbow-coloured parachute.
On the plaque it said, playground for the Gods. I can understand why, but no, the playground He plays in is even better.
On the way back, I met him, the only one whose friendly face cheered me up in my first week here. I couldn’t understand his accent, but oh, a nice end to the day 🙂 “You look like you’re going to kill me,” he joked. Earlier on, another guy said I walked as if I owned the world, I think. So I’m here, thinking if I’m really very scary. But ah, a nice day nevertheless.