- Jamie Sams
Day 24 - Sunday, July 16, 1995 - When Odysseus—the man of twists and turns, the man of epic sorrows and enduring glories—set out across the wine-dark sea, he was seeking a swift route to his home in Ithaca.
Odysseus felt he had already completed his adventures in Troy, and wanted only the comfort of his wife and family. But for him the fates had in store ten more achingly long years of a storm-tossed, wandering voyage, and demanding trials before he would find his rest.
Our Sunbow 5 walkers—each of whom may be regarded as a hero or heroine in his or her own right—have heard the call of necessary adventure from an abused home planet in desperate need of respect. They have walked not toward, but away from the safety and comfort of their homes, and set out on the tar-dark, litter-strewn, heat-shimmering highways of Turtle Island (North America).
The return the walkers seek in our pollution-befouled era is not to wide-screen domestic comforts, but rather to a full measure of respect in regard to the blue-green planet that supports life for all the human beings, and all our essential relations in the realms of plants, animals, and minerals. For this the walkers will require many devices.
The Sunday journey proceeded smoothly across the border of Pennsylvania and onward south, the walkers blessed by a merciful moderation of Saturday's extreme heat and humidity. The walkers covered about 20 miles, ending in Wilmington, Delaware, where the Christiana River and Brandywine Creek flow into the Delaware River.
This area was the historic home for the Algonquian tribes known as the Unami Lenape, or Delaware, and the Nanticoke.
A dozen members of the First Unitarian-Universalist Church in Wilmington prepared an all-star Sunday chicken dinner for the walkers. The feast was much remarked upon, much appreciated. The walkers were then shuttled over to a neighboring congregation, the Wilmington Church of Religious Science, where they participated in a community gathering, and then later bedded down for the night.
Over 50 people turned out for the church gathering. They heard about the walk and the prophecies, and they asked questions.
"It was all fantastic," Tom Dostou reported. "They made up a big Sunbow 5 sign out of fabric for us, and gave it to us to take on the road. The people here were filled with love, and they made music for us. I want to give them all special thanks for everything. Wilmington has been just wonderful."
|The Sunbow 5 banner - made for the pilgrims by the members of the First Unitarian-Universalist Church.
Copyright 2006 by Steven McFadden
Read Day 25 — Odyssey of the 8th Fire
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