Bruised, Broken Bristlecone Pine
Age appears to be best in four things;
Old wood best to burn,
Old wine to drink,
Old friends to trust,
Old authors to read.
A few years ago, remnants of my braggadocios former self still remaining, I opted to go on the offensive when encountered by two would be thieves.
I staved off the attack brilliantly, or so I thought, as I walked back inside my home with a sense of accomplishment.
The further I removed myself from the situation, the more my mind brought itself back to reality.
That reality being, even though I felt as if I had won, I was one inch from the brink of death and hope of meeting my future daughter could have been gone.
I reached out to James, with a brief summation of the situation, and without hesitation he reached out his hand as well.
His offer of help brought me to his gym where I learned knife avoidance and utilization, so the next time a knife was employed against me it would miss my organs by more than an inch.
James neither required me to bring money as payment nor did he ask for anything else in return. Just that I bring the bruised, broken body and my willing mind I was attempting to defend.
More than 5 years later and many sleepless night due to his mind’s grind, roles have reversed and James seems to be allowing his (as of late) bruised, broken body to intrude on the state of his mind.
Directly to James Lafond:
Age brings with it a plethora of positives. And though the brave, brutality of your 20’s may be behind you the sagacity of sweet sciences is not.
And like the bristlecone pine, aptly nicknamed the Methuselah tree, you become shrewdly, warped in your wisdom making for beautifully artistic creations in the martial world.
And like the Methuselah tree, rightly named bristlecone pine, or I should say like the man from which the bristlecone inherited its name, you are a product of greatness in your father and can be a vessel for greatness in anyone you choose to share your knowledge; just as it was from Methuselah through Enoch to Noah.
Take care and thanks for all you share.
Addendum: You still need to corner me!