“Pine Trees and Cold Water” by Elizabeth Hamilton

12595973_10205583738263426_727915135_nAn excellent essay and reflection by my former student and (current!) friend, Lizzie Hamilton.  Enjoy!

Pine trees and cold water

March 22, 2016

“And you’re by yourself?”

I look at the park ranger.

“Yes,” I say. “I’m by myself.”

This is the third time she’s asked in, oh, five minutes. I see her raise her eyebrows, shake her head.

“It’s going to be a cold night,” she says.

“I know,” I say.

She hands me a parking pass. Is it incredulity I see on her face? Or am I simply projecting my own self doubt? Do I really believe I can make it a night alone in the woods?

To keep reading–and you should!–please go here:

http://elizabethannehamilton.com/2016/03/22/pine-trees-and-cold-water/

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