Rite of Passage

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I saw this story at http://www.mikeysFunnies.com:

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of passage?
His dad takes him into the forest blindfolded and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not take off the blindfold until the ray of sun shines through it.
He is all by himself.
He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.
He cannot tell the other boys of this experience. Each lad must come into his own manhood.
The boy in our story was, naturally, terrified. He could hear all kinds of noise. Beasts were all around him. Maybe even a human would hurt him. The wind blew the grass and earth and it shook his stump. But he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold.
It would be the only way he could be a man.
Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he saw his father sitting on the stump next to him – at watch the entire night.
With love,
Russ
Photo Credit: Paige Weber
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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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5 Responses to Rite of Passage

  1. utesmile says:

    Such a relief! …and he still made it alone!

  2. That’s what father’s do

  3. lovern2012 says:

    Hi Russ!!
    Storytelling, what a gift to be a listener and at times one to tell a story. I enjoyed this one as well as others you’ve told or shared.

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