Stone Mountain Park, GA JAN 11th, 2019:
Job 8:8-10 (KJV)
“8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?” I knew on my trip to Georgia the first thing I wanted to see was this beautiful park. Aside from it being the most popular tourist attraction in GA, I naturally love nature being that I’m an earth sign and and I’m a Capricorn. Symbolized by the mountain goat, people born under this sign are always climbing higher and higher – they are never content until reaching the top. Even when I was a little girl, if I could find a way to get something on my own I’d climb it without the fear of falling or consequences. My how things change when we get older! Anyways, when I got there I sent my mom a video letting her know we made it safe and ironically the strangest thing happened. Unbeknownst to me, this is the site where my parents came for their honeymoon. I always just thought they went to Jamaica! lol. My mom replied, “Me and Dad went there on our honeymoon. Wow, full circle now you're there
38 yrs later. Look at God! I wish I was there. That's amazing. Still looks the same. Historic!”. Suddenly I felt a calm fall over me in this peaceful place. I’m definitely not a sap yet philosophical, but I found it amazing how I was compelled with a gnawing inside to come here before we got to Atlanta. Although it’s only one attraction of the park, it does mark horrors of the past being that it pictures Confederate leaders of President Jefferson, General Robert E. Lee, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and is a monument that was brought about by the Klan. In Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech he proclaimed, “Let freedom ring from the Stone Mountain of Georgia”. There are now efforts underway for a Freedom Bell to be built to tower above the mountain. Dispute how hard history can be, we must own up to it before change can come about within each of us...
Davison began his life with a huge challenge. Four months before his birth, he was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. He would have 3 open-heart surgeries before he was 5. Additionally, he suffered congestive heart failure and two bouts of acute kidney failure.
Hearts are meant to pump blood and sustain life, but we all know that’s only a part of what hearts are for. Davison’s heart was missing some components, but came bearing so much more. He met his life full-on with joy, anticipation and excitement. He regularly announced that every day had been, “the best day ever!” On November 3rd he and his mother, Blake, were struck by someone driving a truck as they crossed the street in the school crosswalk. They were transported separately to VCU hospital where Blake was treated for a broken bone in her knee, contusions and a torn ligament in her arm. She was released 2 days later, wearing braces, so that she could go to be with her son in the pediatric ICU.
Davison had surgery for severe brain injuries on both sides of his head. His first challenge was to live for the next 10 days - which he did. He is now on the rehab floor at VCU, facing a long road toward as much recovery as he can reach. His future is uncertain. Even so, he has managed to give away so much love and caring to family, friends and strangers that we all are now seeing how greatly this is coming back to him and everyone he has touched. When he was eleven, he sang at a performing arts showcase, a most beautiful rendition of ‘Climb Every Mountain’ and now we all know the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of he will climb this mountain.
- Lucinda Callis, Davison Chapman’s grandmother, #RVA
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“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay
Loved climbing Table Mountain with Kerryn last year, we took a long route walking through the day, starting at Kirstenbosch Gardens, up Nursery Ravine and on to Maclears Beacon, then finishing at the cable car past Platteklip Gorge, it was amazing, taking in the varied areas and climates of the mountain with all manner of weather and landscape.
I was so proud of Kerryn, she had just finished a huge weekend of competing, her legs were already aching and yet she pushed on up the incredibly steep climb and rock scrambling for an awesome day!! Spending time in nature (especially on foot) with others is one of my favourite things to do in life, it grew me so much as a young person being involved in weekend hikes and adventures, and the joy and awe of it stays with me today. Was incredible to experience Table Mountain with this woman!
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Tonight I took a walk after work. (Right after this, I took a wrong turn and had to walk up, then down, a rather large hill. Got where I was going, but didn't feel as young as I did when I left work)