The Shadows Beside Him
Leaf shadows flicker on a cinnamon-colored trail on a breezy day. Bold, black lines reflect the sculptural shapes of trees on a late afternoon. Fast moving low cloud shadows skim across flowing grass for a visual kaleidoscope of nature in motion.
I love taking photos of my son and his shadow when we’re out on a trail. Sometimes I also catch the shadows of his hiking companions: family members, autism helpers. I don’t know if he will ever be independent enough to leave the house with just his shadow to accompany him.
In the special education world, “shadow” has been used both as a verb and noun, a “shadow teacher” being provided to “shadow” a student who needs extra help throughout the day.
Understanding when it’s possible to hover less closely is a challenge. As I continue the ever-evolving process of learning how to best help my son, I will keep finding wonder and joy in the shadows that flicker on our paths.
Enjoy the shadows that accompany your journey, and keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s Hike Notes, Blithedale Summit from Summit Drive, leads readers on lovely tree tunnel trails past sculptural madrone and live oak trees, with views of the bay from one angle and the East Peak of Mt. Tam from another.
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Hike Notes 168: Blithedale Summit from Summit Drive
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