A beautiful piece on the resilience of the human spirit in the face of darkness. I loved the journey this took me on.
May 1 is a day of seduction.
Without fail, it arrives cloudless and sunny, warm and fragrant, casting off the vestiges of a cruel winter. Fear? Toss it out the window. Success is an open road looking for someone to tear it up.
I remember feeling that way 10 years ago, before the Nishisakawick Creek coughed up its sedge to form an island where its mouth meets the Delaware River. Back then there were a few scant sycamore trees that jutted up from the river, catching dead leaves and twigs in the rapid flow. There were no signs that the island would one day block the creek’s entrance, forcing the river to flow up instead of down. Had I seen it, I tell myself, I would have known.
But the truth is, we never really know life’s irony until it stares back at us from the page. And this story is…
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