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2017-09-26 21:22:24
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Today I put an old gentleman's socks on. I brushed his teeth, washed his face, combed his hair .... and I watched him in the mirror.
When I was twenty I thought it would trouble me; when I was thirty, forty; when I was fifty; and now ....? It turns out it's not that troubling.
I am troubled though that my chests have set sail for my navel. I am troubled that the skin on my arms feels like rice paper. I am troubled that I need a brown pair of specs to read and a blue pair to see the telly. I am troubled that I ask people to repeat themselves. I am troubled that my left knee sometimes goes up like a balloon - for no reason.
The desperate gravity drop off Ben Crom, Craig Meagaidh and the Aonach Eagach. The gossamer flight of bog cotton on the Annalong Buttress or behind White Coomb. The razor slice of winter sun off Carlingford, Doan, the silver Solway. The blistering howl and roar of needle hail on Slieve Commedagh and Meall nan Tarmachan. The bastard Rocky Mountain that got me eventually with a 4' rock hole and made me lame.
And I would do it again and again and again and again ....
An ingenue once asked me which part of hillwalking I liked the best.
"Going home" I said and I still wonder if she thought I meant "well thank fk that's over."
But I don't. I mean the bit when we start going home; the bracken and the brown hill cattle; the patchwork fields below, the smell of trees and a stream - and coming away from the best, the very best show on earth.
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