Walk with a bear hunt …

Managed to get the whole family to join me for a 6 mile walk on Saturday.  We went from Great Glen out to Burton Overy and the sun shone for at least part of the time.

It was reassuring to find that it didn’t feel too onerous although there were some complaints …

Not least when our way ahead was blocked by a tree, maybe one that came down in storm Doris several weeks ago now.  ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ was a favourite book to share with the girls when they were small and so what immediately came to mind were these words:

We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it,

Oh no! We’ve got to go through it!

Well, the girls tried to climb right through the middle of the fallen tree and just made it out with one or two scratches.  Wendy and I found an alternative route with a bit of ducking and weaving.  Rolo couldn’t see what all the fuss was about and trotted underneath!

I thought about Andy and the many barriers that blocked him from doing what he really wanted to do.  He was mad about cars and would have loved to be a mechanic but his health problems got in the way.  He trained as an electrician at college and would have been a brilliant one but was told that it wouldn’t be good for his head to be twisting and looking up all the time.  He lost his driving licence and his ability to work.  But he kept smiling.

I was inspired by his courage and his confidence that there would be a way through all that got in his way.  Certainly in later life his rediscovered faith made a difference to how he approached these things.  The way through may not be obvious and it may involve a few scratches and bruises but he wouldn’t let that stop him.  When he died I swore my life would be different because he lived not because he died.  So when it comes to the obstacles on my own path,  I won’t give up hope either.


Author: walk4andy

I am a (just!) 40 year old vicar in Leicester. My brother Andy Lees died in 2013 aged 38 just three months after my father. They both suffered from Von Hippel Lindau syndrome, a genetic form of cancer. This May I am walking Hadrian's Wall to raise money for VHL UK/Ireland.

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