Like many impressionable young American girls, I grew up watching The Sound of Music. My favorite song from the film was “Climb Every Mountain”. It was sung by the Mother Superior and the song’s lesson was to face your fears, climb above your struggles, and when you do, you will be free. The song still gives me the chills 20 years later.
The song famously plays at the very end, when the Von Trapps are literally climbing for their very lives, in hopes of escaping the Nazis.
Today, there was snow upon our closet mountain. Snow only falls every 10 years or so, so we decided that we would climb the path to reach the snow. I envisioned us carrying children on shoulders to make it to the frozen ice. Instead, neither child wanted to walk in the snow, or wear their sweaters or coats, although it was 35 degrees out. So constant battles ensued until we finally had to turn around without seeing the full winterland of snow.
It was disappointing, and yet I’m proud we attempted it. As a family.