By Mollie Grinberg Claire gulped in paralyzing fear. It was a cloudy Sunday morning. The day that her parents planned to go rock climbing in the southeast, far away from her hometown in Virginia. “Claire, are you ready?” Claire snapped out of her daze. “Yeah, I guess so…”Her mother bent down to comfort her child. “You don’t have to go, honey,” her mother said. Claire hesitated. She would climb that mountain, even if it was the last thing she did. “Er, mom, can I go first. To get it over with?” A smile formed on her mother’s face. “Okay, if you really want to.” Soon, Claire was strapped tight to her harness and was ready to go. She started climbing fast to the top of the mountain. Halfway up, she looked down and gulped. From 3 feet in the air, she looked back up confident and continued to climb. At one point past the three quarter mark, one of the rocks broke and she dangled from one hand, clutching on to the rock. She was terrified and wanted to give up. But she couldn’t and climbed up all the way to the top. She grinned over the peak. She did it. Keep trying, and don’t give up. Just keep climbing the ladder of success.
This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine