I was walking in the sun with my daughter training for our summer mountain climb. We were with about ten other women on what we affectionately call Trash Mountain. In Florida, we have flat and, when we want an incline, we go to the local trash mountain.
There we were, sweating bullets in groups of two and threes, hiking up and down the sides of the man-made hill. As I held my daughter’s hand and walked, I listened to the conversation ahead and behind me. I leaned into my own conversation with my daughter and thought about the magic taking place.
There is something profound that happens when like-minded women gather together for a purpose. Without any agenda, the conversations run deep on Trash Mountain. The words shared mirror the seasons of parenting and speak of children still small and others taller than their mamas. The conversations speak of concerns only women know. The conversations dig up past experience and contemplate the future. The conversations echo and resonate among the group of hiking ladies. I walk with my daughter and ponder the beauty and depth taking place.
Women have an uncanny knack for seeing more than meets the eye. I see this gift at work as women on this mountain walk and talk. As I hike with my daughter, I want her to be invited into the depth. I want her to hear the thoughts of women as they talk through motherhood, education, the beginnings and ends of things. Of times past and times to come. I am proud of her when she enters into the conversation in her ten year old way.
This is the beginning of her introduction to womanhood, to motherhood and to friendship. In this community, she will find in herself the knack to sense the needs of others. She will become attuned to how needs can be met through walking and talking along side another woman. She will understand why women gather for a purpose.
She will understand that, while she is young, she has a lot to learn from the mamas around her. She will know unity and community well enough to enter in even as a girl. Over many walks and talks, she will understand that she has both much to learn and much to give. She will take in the value of becoming wise and in giving freely. And, someday, when her path has stretched over many years, she will continue the walk and the talk of mamas. She will continue to share and love and embrace the magic of hiking with like-minded women on mountains.
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