Icebergs and Other Things To Never Tell Your Mother

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Dover High School Spanish teacher Lauren Schultz is pictured with friends Don Wargowsky and Eileen Mckeown.

Susan Dromey Heeter

Susan Dromey Heeter, Joyful Musings

Today I muse joyfully about icebergs.

I received an early Christmas gift when I got the chance to listen to climber Don Wargowsky share of his adventures trekking to Newfoundland to icebergs.  Yes, climbing icebergs in Newfoundland.

Less than two dozen people have ever attempted this and Don is one who traveled a few years ago to accept this challenge and whose documentary “Ice Vikings” depicts this astonishing sojourn.

Don arrived to Dover High School the day prior to Christmas break and students sat on the edge of their seats listening and watching his adventures. When students are engaged in listening to a guest speaker hours before they are let loose, you know Santa has, indeed, been to town.

Don spoke of adventures to Nepal, to Chile, to Patagonia, to the aforementioned Newfoundland. Wow.

My most recent adventure has been to aisle 5 of Market Basket.  I believe the closest I’ll get to an iceberg are the mounds created by the snow plows.  And the thought of simply walking to the mail box has me freezing. When Don spoke of sleeping inside a tent on the side of Denali, I was amazed. It’s good to live vicariously through adventurers.

If you have a moment to watch the Ice Vikings documentary, please do.  Certainly the thrills are captured, the majesty of nature revered.  But my favorite part?

When one of the iceberg climbers admits that he did not tell his mother he was traversing aboard large mountains of ice, rather,  told her he was “hiking in Vermont.”  I love  that part – mothers simply do not need to know everything.

And on that note, I muse joyfully that your own secrets involve such adventures as climbing icebergs.

Enjoy this weekend of whatever your life adventures bring. Be well, I muse joyfully you will.

 Susan Dromey Heeter, a writer from Dover who recently let her hair go au natural white, writes “Joyful Musings” for Dromey Heeter is a secondary Spanish Teacher at Dover High School and the mother of two teenage daughters.  Writing has been her passion since her English majoring days at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Dromey Heeter has lived in The Netherlands, Alaska and currently basks in all things New England, including the frigid winters. An avid swimmer, Dromey Heeter’s great passion is to bring back body surfing as most children have no idea how to ride waves without ridiculous boogie boards. She also writes about thrift shopping and all things frugal  in a column called “Budget Vogue” for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

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