Usually I don’t include tree-climbing in my workouts. However, yesterday, I was wearing my lightest, nylon cape and running along at a pretty good clip when a big gust of wind hit. My cape blew into a tree. It was just out of reach, so I had to climb the tree.
As I was wondering if the branch I needed to walk on was strong enough to hold me, I saw Petra running. As she passed by, I said in my best computer-generated voice, “Speed limit 25. Slow down immediately.”
She stopped and looked around. It took her a couple seconds to spot me in the tree. “What are you doing?” she laughed, coming over.
I explained the situation, and asked if she knew of a reputable cape retrieval company. She said she didn’t, but knew of an ambulance service that responds quickly to tree-climbing accidents.
I got my cape and climbed down.
“You know what’s weird,” Petra said. “You’re the third person I’ve seen in a tree during my run today.”
“The first two must have been kids,” I said.
“No, they were adults. But they weren’t trying to get something like you.”
“That is odd,” I replied.
“Well, have fun on the rest of your run, Jim. Hope that cape stays on,” Petra said.
“Thanks, me too.” I put my hand out and we shook. Our grasp lasted longer than a normal handshake. Then my hand slid slowly past hers until we did a fingertip grasp until finally parting. Her Wonderfulness began running and I just stood there watching. Halfway down the block, she glanced back. I didn’t even care that she caught me staring hypnotically. I gave her a wave.
I am so moved by her. To be at her side would be the greatest thing to happen to me.