Finding a soul-mate
Hanne finds a soul-mate on one of her favourite walks in Wales.
"I could never really understand why my dad wanted me and my sisters to walk up a mountain, only to come back the same way. I would be thinking about each step I was taking, knowing it would be longer and longer to come back. But as I turned 15, I found my perfect walk... and more importantly I found a soul-mate on the way.
On one of our first walks through Granner Woods, we decided to carve an 'H' for Hanne into one of the trees, so that even when I was back in Norway, I would still be with him on his daily walk.
For ten years now, Maurice and I have walked this circle together. When we enter Granner Woods we learn something new about life and each other. We take time to walk slowly. This is where we share our thoughts and values and find out how similar we are.
Maurice is not just my special friend; he is also my granddad.
I admire my granddad. I admire his knowledge; the way he looks at life and the love he shares with my grandma. I love the way he cries when he is sad and when he's happy. I feel so incredibly lucky to have a man like Maurice in my life.
One day, I know that my grandad will no longer be walking with me... the thought makes me sad. But then, I find myself thinking of how he touches so many people in his life, with his gentle and wonderful way of being. It comforts me to know that my granddad, my dad and I, all believe that when we die, our spirits live on through memories. What we have shared will always be with me.
I have made a promise to my granddad that in the future, when I have children, we will come back to Granner Woods... and I'll tell them that when I walked with Maurice... we never took the same step twice."
End slide - For my Grandma and Granddad.