“Castle steps and doors! How amazing… remember your uncle’s writing in the red book about them?
This must be them. Uncle’s writing said whatever you do… do not quit.”
Bear talked to Amy. Her uncle bequeathed a castle to her father… her father willed it to her upon his death.
“These steps incredibly steep. I am out of breath,” said Amy.
Amy and Bear viewed a distant door. Many steps away.
Captivated by the view they explored the area. Almost 360 degree view available.
“What is beyond the steps and doors? What does he write?
Nothing written. Whatever you do… do not quit.
After all our adventures together I am for going forward,” said Amy. “It’s steep.”
Bear replied, “I need to rest. Please stop.
It’s a breath taking view. Look at the eagles play in the breezes,” said Amy.
“We’ll stop, rest and eat. Yes, feels good to stop and sit.”
Off came the back pack. It carried lunch.
“Bear remember you wanted to explore the castle. You picked the door off the castle courtyard this morning.
We’ve walked many steps to get this far. Who would have thought this would be on the other side of the door?”
Amy pointed to a vast landscape. Somehow the original door opened to a winding high staircase with no walls… just doors with panoramic views off to the sides.
Each set of steep steps had a landing. They sat on a bench… opening to a wide area.
“How high does this go? I’m almost dizzy from looking down,” said Bear.
“Don’t look down. Look over at the trees in the valley and the mountains.
I see something white moving. Look over there,” said Bear.
You’re right it’s a mountain goat. Or is it a sheep?
Too far away to see for sure. We’ll explore there another day,” said Amy.
“Maybe we’ll find shepherds. And cheese!”
“I’m hungry. Can we eat?” said Bear.
“The sun isn’t high enough. Too soon to eat,” said Amy
“Let’s wait until the sun is directly overhead. It’ll be lunchtime.
Come on. We have more steps to climb… on your feet.”
They walked. Step by step.
Reached a new landing. This landing hidden by a curve in the steps.
Rounding the curve their eyes opened wide. Majestic statue of a lion greeted them.
“There must be a name somewhere on the pedestal. Can’t find anything… can you?
No, I can’t Bear. We’ll call him majestic lion… beautiful stone work… he looks real.”
As Amy said he looked real the lion blinked. Blinked again.
“Did you see that? And that?
What are you talking about Amy? I don’t see anything.
It’s the lion. He blinked twice.”
Bear saw nothing. He felt Amy’s forehead… must be running a temperature.
“Must have been a drop of rain. Or maybe the sun hit just right… no stone statue blinks Amy.”
Bear thought to himself. Lack of oxygen because it’s so high here… caused her to see things.
“Come on let’s walk higher Amy. Time to go.”
Amy reluctantly followed Bear.
They reached the first door since the courtyard door early this morning. The door located at the top of another landing.
“This door is hard to open. Help me push.”
Their shoulders to the door they pushed. The door slowly opened.
A garden filled with fruits, vegetables, birds filled their eyes. Their eyes opened wide with surprise.
The castle steps continued onward. Another door higher up.
They could see the sun. It wasn’t high enough to eat lunch.
“Remember what the red book says? Whatever you do… do not quit.
This gets better and better. Wonder what is behind the next door?
At least we know we won’t run out of food. We’ll have a snack on the way down.”
Many steps later they opened the next door. Again they had to push hard.
“I’m disappointed. Just a flat landing with a bench,” said Bear.
“Let’s stop for a minute. We need to rest.”
They sat down on the bench. The bench played music.
“Did you hear that? I hear music!,” said Amy standing up.
Bear stood up too. He turned around and looked at the valley views.
The music stopped. They sat down again… music started once more.
“Let’s go to the next door. Remember we must not quit.
We are hearing things. Must be the birds twittering away.”
Bear and Amy pushed onto the next level. Many steps later to the next landing.
Sing with Poetry
“This is hard Amy. Yet I want to go on,” said Bear.
Amy said, “A yard at a time life is hard… by the inch a cinch!
Somebody gave me a poem once. I don’t know the author but here’s the poem… it got me through tough times.
la la la
Today is the day!
Yeah I can do this one step at a time
Who knows I could sing maybe shout
The day is young no time to quit
I’ll rest but keep on keeping on
Whistle as I work to keep my wit
Life’s hard doesn’t faze me at all
Because I know the right turn
Is just beyond my eyesight is all
Life succeeds with the thought
I know I can make things work
Because I know I won’t quit
I’m on a different road
Maybe not the one I wanted
But this one turned around
When I look up and down
I’ve found a way to be
That turned me upside out
That’s life… don’t quit.
What Do We See?
“One more door. Push hard… this is the hardest of them all to open,” said Amy.
It opened. Amy and Bear rolled on the ground… to their amazement they were at the top.
The view was incredible. It was night time… the sky was an amazing color.
Amy turned to Bear. BearHugs… she gave him.
“I am so glad you picked the door you did early this morning. Look what we would have missed if we’d walked into another fantasy story.”
Saying that Amy & Bear walked hand in hand to the edge of the sky… they took their last steps. They flew away!
Did Amy & Bear come back? Where did they go?
Is this the end for Amy & Bear? Where did they land?
BearHug ’til our next fantasy,
Amy & Bear