"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." -Albert Einstein
Lucy's curious passion lead her on many adventures in the woods near her home. The Terminé, her name for the woods, had many mysteries. They revealed to her a world unknown to everyone else in Brielle. A world full of purpose, dreams and joy. Lucy called it Terminé because it means 'complete' in French (Lucy was also a very well educated little girl). And to Lucy, the woods were vast and full of treasures and stories that were waiting to be revealed. She understood a very special secret about these woods. And it is this secret that spurred the name meaning complete. You will understand this secret when the time comes. And it will be profound to you like it was to Lucy.
I want to tell you the story of Lucy's first time alone in the Terminé. For many years the people of Brielle warned Lucy against exploring the woods. They feared the woods. They feared the rules that they had placed over them and the rules that any explorer should follow if they wanted to travel in the woods. But Lucy and her family were different from the town folk. They didn't live in the neighborhoods or play at the parks set aside for children to play on. They lived a simple and deliberate life on the outside of town. Lucy could simply walk through a field into the Terminé. Lucy had often had picnics with her parents on the outskirts of the Terminé. And they had explored it's vastness as a family. But one day Lucy decided that she wanted to explore on her own.
At the breakfast table, on the day she had chosen to explore, Lucy asked her Mother about exploring on her own. Her Mother simply said "Remember everything we taught you and do not listen to the creatures that will wish you to stumble. You know the truth and the rules that will keep you safe. The woods can be dangerous." Once Lucy was done with her chores she set off on her journey. She crossed the golden field and reached the edge of the Terminé. Taking a deep breath she entered. With that breath the Terminé revealed a lush forest full of the most intricately beautiful flowers, strong trees, and charming wild life. Lucy stood for a moment in awe. She had seen this forest before. She had gone with her family, but this time it was different. She wasn't sure if it was because she saw it differently or because it had actually changed.
The change in the forest didn't scare her. It surprised and delighted her. She took a tentative step forward. A small mole poked his head out of his home and stared as Lucy passed. Similar animals came out to see the explorer. And Lucy simply answered them with the joy on her face. She crossed streams and logs. After almost an hour of walking she came across a path. It was just dirt, but a very obvious path. Her curiousity sparked. What explorer would pass up the chance to follow a mysterious pathway? This little nine year old wasn't going to keep walking past. She stepped on and took to the left side of the path.
The path seemed to twist and turn. It was never straight and soon became difficult. And then it very quickly rose high. Lucy found herself climbing a mountain. It was very curious that a mountain would be in such a strange place. Lucy never remembered being able to see a mountain from her home. But something this large should surely be visible from such a close location like her home. As she traveled higher the trees got smaller and less plant life grew. The only flowers left at that height were strong little wild flowers. They jetted out around rocks and gave Lucy hope that she too could conquer the mountain even though she was little.
At last she reached the summit! Rising above the last rock she beheld a endless valley. There were water falls and rivers. There were caves along the mountain sides and thousands of trees. All of the surroundings seemed to be the perfection of creation. But the strangest thing of all was sitting right on top of the mountain with Lucy.
Just a few feet away, a tall monument stood with strange symbols all over it. And at the very pinical stood an noble eagle. He was strong and would have stood taller than Lucy if he was down by her. He looked down on her with wise eyes. As if to say "I've been waiting for you".