I drove through Selma on my way across country. It was a little out of the way, but I am such a big supporter of Civil Rights that I had to come to this town. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selma,_Alabama)
I drove in and asked someone where I could find the Edmund Pettus Bridge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Pettus_Bridge).
I came to take pictures and leave, but the man who gave me directions told me that I needed to walk it. I have a fear of heights, so I hesitated. But I eventually agreed.
As I approached the bridge, my knees were shaking… I started singing “We Shall Overcome” and stared up at the “Edmund Pettus Bridge ” sign. I walked confidently.
After I passed the sign, I started shaking again. Oh my, I was in the middle of the bridge and there was nothing to stare at.
I saw a man walking the same direction I was, but on the other side of the bridge. I told him that I was afraid of heights. He crossed the bridge and walked with me. He didn’t know the history of the bridge so I filled him in. (It’s so much easier to cross the bridge while engaged in conversation. Takes my mind off of where I am.)
At the other side was a small park memorial. I showed him that, too. I told him I would now need to find someone else to walk me back. He said he would be happy to do that. We chatted the entire way. I did not feel scared.
I am so glad I walked the bridge!
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