Suddenly, I was a jangle of nervous tension as repressed feelings of fear and anger crept in my mind... it happens.
Anger over the fact that the engine from the warranty company has been taking over a week to arrive and somehow I feel stung by a company that provided us our long awaited traveling home and now is dragging it's feet on standing by ...well, you get the picture. I don't share Gerry's Buddha-like patience and compassion and the tension mounted to almost explosive proportions as I could feel what seemed to me like silent disappointment.
Think of the day's happy events, I thought to myself.
There was a group of children at Harpers Ferry who lived at a nearby boarding school which focuses heavily on American History and they were doing various colonial times re-enactments... "future leaders," the park ranger explained. Then I was struck with a sickening terror. Not a hundred yards from where the children grouped, Gerry and I had come across what looked like a dead corpse wrapped in a blanket with the shoes sticking out. It was so lifelike that I told Gerry that we must find a ranger to report this horror, as a few feet from the body which lay in the reeds there was also a piece of old carpeting washing up on the banks of the river. Gerry laughed and said that it was part of the exhibition, as the shoes and blanket seemed of a "period nature." The quiet of the sunny day gave way to a sudden wind a almost gale force as we made our way along the Appalachian trail. We didn't discuss the body again.
[Gerry did write a poem about it though: Harper's Ferry, 2010]
My over-active imagination now got the better of me, as Gerry slept soundly, and I sat alone... wide awake from a previous red-bull and shivered in fear. What if that wasn't a prop, and we didn't report a murder victim? Why would those children be subjected to such a scary and lifelike vision of death as part of their curriculum?
Now even thinking about the hiker we saw on the Appalachian Trail , walking at an uncanny speed and dressed like a nordic gnome gave me the shivers.