This Weekend~November 2~Adventurous Imprints

it is impossible to walk on the beach without making an imprint...

It is impossible to walk on the beach without making an imprint in the sand and taking some of it with us. Life is very much the same.

Today is sparkling with the impression made by an adventurer.

Daniel Boone, who was born on this day in 1734, was a figure of imagination and adventurousness. His love of hunting grew in the hills of North Carolina. He went on long hunting and exploring expeditions and he crossed the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. He would carve his name in tree trunks as imprints where he hunted. He was captured by Indians and learned from them as an adopted son. He fought in both the French and Indian war and the Revolutionary War.

He took books with him and educated himself during these hunting trips. Ironically, in books about Daniel Boone his life was embellished and exaggerated and I remember hearing stories where he wrestled bears and shot bad guys right in the heart. Both James Fenimore Cooper in The Last of the Mohicans and the poet Lord Byron in his poem Don Juan included characters who referenced Boone’s adventuresome life. A group called the Sons of Daniel Boone was the precursor of the Boy Scouts of America.

My favorite quote from Daniel Boone: “I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.”

I admit to being lost and being confused for several weeks at the end of just one week! Perhaps, it is good today to consider the imprints and impacts we make in the intertwining of our tasks and actions with the lives of others. We may askew the hunting rifle but we are frontierpeople just the same.

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