“Because it’s not a story worth telling if there aren’t any Dragons…” J.R.R. Tolkien
At the urging of many friends and family members I have finally decided to post my writing from last year. Be warned, if you have never read Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, or any other fairy tale many of the references in these “stories” may be lost. I believe only my cousin, Liz Young, may have the extensive knowledge of this genre to catch them all. In any case, this is a tale of struggle. A recounting of events that turned life upside down. And the long journey back from the brink. There were many hardships to be endured, sacrifices to be made, and lessons to be learned. Thank heavens for the magnificent companions I was blessed to have with me along the way. If there was anything we took away from 2012 it was that life is extremely hard, but its worth fighting for…
“Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger. But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world…and it’s worth fighting for.”
These stories are dedicated to my mother. Not only is she the same height as a hobbit but she is also brave, loyal, and pure of heart. This one’s for you mom…my Samwise the Brave