sup·port

/səˈpôrt/

verb

1. bear all or part of the weight of; hold up.  2. 
give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act.

I grew up with three older siblings. In terms of family it was the four of us and my Dad. All the rest of our family, both paternal and maternal, lived in a parish in Louisiana. 

The four of us were close. We stood up for one another, we loved one another, and always had one another’s back. 

One year for Halloween (I don’t recall my exact age – elementary age for sure), we didn’t have enough money for food, let alone costumes. 

I began thinking about what it meant to provide for another. Like truly provide. My Dad always found ways to provide for the four of kids, even if it meant working three jobs at a time. 

As I pondered, I asked my Dad for a solo drinking cup, a plastic plate, fork, and spoon. I asked him for a box — I already had markers. For my costume that year, I was a kitchen table. 

I wanted to disguise myself as a provider for my family even though at that age I wasn’t quite old enough. However, I was able to share my candy with my siblings. Who also had to share their candy with the rest of the family. As per protocol, we all had to dump our candy together to freeze it so it would last throughout the year. 

That’s right folks: of all that candy we received on October 31st, we were allowed to have a couple of pieces nightly until roughly October 25th the following year when we’d run out. 

As I hike the Superior Hiking Trail support looks like…

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