Sunday, April 15, 2012

Myan Ruins

Climbing to the top of the ancient Myan temple was a personal triumph for me. The steps were each a different depth and heighth but were placed so that the climb was nearly vertical. My thighs hated me for every single step I mastered, but the pain was buffered by the invigoration of accomplishment. I was amazed at the architecture and detail created by a people that most consider primitive to us, and I was completely shocked to see the infamous Myan calendar. I learned that the world isn't going to end on December 22, 2012, but instead we will start a new cycle of years... just like after minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months complete cycles, the Myans believed that there was a larger cycle of years. They were such an inteligent community, and I am in awe of the discoveries they made with such basic tools. I feel so humbled to be able to study something with Drew, to try and teach him about a place I've never seen, and then to be able to go there and experience it with him, and to learn things that I didn't even know that I didn't know. Thank you Grandpa, for encouraging us to go, for giving me the confidence to explore the world around me, and for giving my son an opportunity that most students never have. He has not only learned about, he has experienced the world around him.

1 comment:

Candace said...

I've spent the better part of my prep period at work catching up on your travels abroad. This post, however, was one of my favorites. You have always written so eloquently, but something about this one resonated with me. What an amazing experience to have with your family!!!