…about our continual cloudy weather when I came upon this…
Sunrise over Mt. Hood taken February 6, 2012 by Jared Townsley and shared by his family. They have his pictures but lost him to the mountain.
I brought myself up short then went all ballistic on myself. How dare I complain about gray skies and the equally ashy skin tones of winter. Jared’s picture reminded me that above those depressing clouds is a majestic view. The same view my son has experienced.
It was Jeff’s first climb up the mountain. I did the mother thing …I worried… and I did it well. The day of his climb was clear and as I went about my day my eyes would seek the snowy peak in the distance knowing my son was up there somewhere.
It was that afternoon I got home to a blinking light on the message machine. Jeff was the only person standing atop Mt. Hood at that moment, able to get a cell signal off the mountain. I remember his short, sweet message to this day: “Mom? I’m here. I’m standing on top of the world.”
I was the lucky Mom. I got my son back.
It’s cloudy again today. I’m okay with that. Cause just above those depressing clouds is paradise. Thanks for the reminder Jared.