Mountain view from Brasstown
"Down in the flat country, what is there to see? Here in the mountains the world is held up for us to behold."
---Willie Stewart; Foxfire Fall 1988
A few weeks ago, I came across the quote above in an old Foxfire Magazine. I never thought about the Earth being held up in places for us to see better-almost like a piece of fabric.
Paul and me used to bunch up one of Granny's blankets in the floor over a couple of couch cushions. We made roads through the mountains and valleys of fabric for our toy cars to travel along. As I look back to our childhood games I realize, at that age, neither of us ever thought of a land where there were no mountains to traverse. The only way we knew how to build roads was to make them go up and down like the ones we traveled on in the backseat of Pap and Granny's car.