54 CHOICES | 2017 AUTUMN ISSUE
CROSS THE LINE BY RIDGELY GOLDSBOROUGH
ave you ever watched a runner stop and decide to sit down a few hundred yards from the finish line?
Would you remember if you did? Or can you conjure marathon memories, Olympians staggering down the final stretch, falling, struggling to their feet, stumbling, tumbling and willing their bodies upright to somehow finish despite the anguish. When was the last time you witnessed a racehorse drop out of the pack and decide to search for grazing grass?
Okay, so maybe those examples fall into the extreme category.
notion that starting without finishing makes the grade? It doesn’t.
Few of us make the Olympics or gallop like champions.
If our forefathers fell into that rut, we’d babble the Queens’ English and fancy fish-n-chips over burgers.
Did you catch the painter packing his brushes after donning half the house with a coat of green? Does the carpenter hammer only two thirds of a nail? How would you feel if your coiffeur decided to style the left but not the right side of your mane? When did we begin to condone the
We blossomed as a nation of fighters, gritty women and men who challenged all odds, paid the price and kept moving. Through thick and thin, mistakes and setbacks, we persevered, endured and flourished. Looking around today, I’m a little worried.
Published on Sep 1, 2017