Monday, August 29, 2011 - Comments 6
By Valerie Cunningham
Sitting at the table eating lunch together, my eight-year-old daughter asked, “Mama, when are we going rock wall climbing again?”
This was not a random question. You see, every year my husband, daughter, and a couple of close friends and I celebrate my anniversary in recovery from my Eating Disorder by going rock wall climbing. I had never before been rock wall climbing until I was in treatment. One morning they marched us out to the rock wall for this physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional exercise. It was a life-changing experience that I will never forget. Thus, every year on my anniversary, I commemorate my recovery by trying to re-create this unforgettable moment. It had only been four months since our last climb, so we still had some time to go before our next venture.
I proceeded to explain this to my girl, and then added, “You know, I get really scared rock wall climbing. It frightens me.”