Friday, April 10th, 2009
For days before, the mountain had groaned and heaved. You could see it expanding and contracting, sending tremors through the earth. When it finally erupted Jonathan already had his donkey packed. As disaster filled the sky he turned his back on it and started to safety. But something stopped him in his tracks. Even above the sounds of the earth tearing apart he could hear the desperate cry of a baby. Jonathan hopped off of his donkey and ran straight towards the sound. The baby was naked and tangled within the branches of a fallen tree branch. Jonathan cut the baby free and scooped it up in his arms. With a river of fire approaching, and his vision and breathing clouded with stinging sulfuric smoke he stumbled back to his frightened donkey and quickly rode to the safety of a large granite outcropping.
Jonathan soaked two handkerchiefs with water from his canteen and covered the baby’s face with one and his own with the other. He shielded his eyes from the heat and turned to look back at the mountain that had made him a father. His life had changed forever.Jonathan Dueck now lives in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. The home that he shares with his wife Heather and the wonderful Pritchard family is on a large hill from which he can see a Super Wal-Mart. Try to find him at www.intransitcentre.info