Far up in the mountains of Canada, there is an old abandoned log
cabin. Once it was occupied by a young couple who wanted to distance
themselves from the chaos of this modern world. Here they were miles
away from the nearest town. Bob, the husband, made the occasional
trip into town to buy supplies whereas Jan, his wife, spent her free time
by the fire, sewing. Their life was simply idyllic.
Then, one midwinter's day, Jan woke up from bed with a strange
ache in her bones. Putting it down to overwork, Bob shooed her to bed
and made sure she rested. Though Jan was impatient to get to her
chores, Bob soothed her, "Relax, Sugar. You're overdoing things. All
these chores will be here when you recover."
However, Jan seemed to be getting worse instead of recovering. By
evening, she was running a high fever and in greater pain. In spite of
his best efforts, Bob could not manage to ease her suffering. And then
suddenly, she started to lapse into unconsciousness.
It was then obvious that she was seriously ill. What could Bob do?
He had no experience in treating the sick and Jan was getting worse by
the minute. He knew that there was an old doctor in town but he lived
three miles away, downhill. Pot-bellied and obese, there was no way the
doctor could make it up to their cabin.
Something had to be done quickly! Bob racked his brains but to no
avail. The only thing left to do was to go to the doctor. In Jan's condition,
she could never walk that far in the waist-deep snow. Bob would have
to carry her!
Bob searched his mind for a way to move poor, sick Jan. Then, he
remembered. He had once made a sledge so that they could ride
together over the mountain. They never got around to using it though,
because the whole mountain was thickly covered with rocks and trees.
He had never found a safe way down, not even once.
"Well," he thought, "looks like I'm going to have to try it anyhow,"
as he dug out the sledge from the storeroom. "Jan may die unless I get her to the doctor, and life means nothing to me without her." With this
thought in mind, Bob gently tucked Jan into the sledge, got in the front,
and with a short prayer for safety, pushed off.
How they got through that ride alive, Bob has never figured out. As
trees loomed up in front of him and just as quickly whizzed by his side,
close enough to touch, he felt relieved that Jan was not awake to
experience the ride. It was all he could do not to scream as collision
seemed imminent, time and again, with only inches to spare.
At last, bursting from the mountainside, the town came into view.
Barely slowing down, they sped through the icy streets, only losing
speed as they neared the doctor's house. The sledge, battered through
the journey, collapsed in the left ski as it came to a halt, spilling out its
occupants. Bob picked up his Jan and made his way into the doctor's
After what seemed to be a long winter, Jan recovered fully from her
illness but Bob never recovered from his fright. They moved into the
little town so as to be near help in times of crisis, and have lived there