The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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Amos told me this story shortly after I met him. He is very passionate about caving, and he would give up anything else to pursue this hobby of his. Even, now that he is retired, he is not giving up. He is actually striving for more. He is an example to learn from.

As a young teenage boy, Amos would still spend most of his vacations travelling with his family. He was shier than most boys his age, with a fear of big crowds. Not much of a partier this one, although always up for trouble.

The summer before enrolling into college, Amos took one last trip with his family . That summer is still remembered in the books full of pictures as the best one ever.

Amos, particularity remembers this one because he got to have an experience that he never had before. His parents took him to a cave. Only the idea of it was terrifying, but it turned out to be a revealing world underneath the surface that was speaking to him as if it was home. All those formations, in a total darkness made him bow in front the nature powers.  It was a new environment that made him feel safe and protected. In the darkness you can always be alone, if you choose so, or fire up your light and be in a crowd. This experience stuck to him, so he promised himself, he would do it again.

Amos didn’t find that opportunity until he became a leader for the scouts groups. Talking to some of his peers, Amos found that his passion for the underground could be explored and showed to the kids, while he can enjoy it as well.

Amos decided! A trip was mandatory! Planned and executed! The kids were excited, as he was the first time, and demanded to repeat the experience. This made Amos strive for more.

He asked around, search online, and finally found it! There it was! The National Speleological Society that he had to become a member of right away! Along with information about wild caves, conservation, goals for such an organizations, Amos also found details about a caving event. Although that was all the way in Kentucky, he did not let that stop him. He would have gone over any obstacle to get to the one adventure that gave him a smile on his face.

He drove to Kentucky in 1996 and that was one moment he cherishes so much. Cavers took him under their wing and revealed the wonders and the strenuous path of the underground. He couldn’t have had a better time. A new hobby, a new adventure friend, a new community that he can call family. He went back to this event three years in a row. This community gave him support, love, adventure, wonderful souls that would always be close to his. Now, in his retired days, Amos is a cave dweller and does nothing but kick ass. He’s 69, but “age is just a number”, he says. His soul is still young and eager to explore and conquer as much underground as he can!

How did I find a family?

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2012
Philadelphia, PA

Amos told me this story shortly after I met him. He is very passionate about caving, and he would give up anything else to pursue this hobby of his. Even, now that he is retired, he is not giving up. He is actually striving for more. He is an example to learn from.

Decade: 1950s
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Recorded by Irina Eftimie on June 7, 2018
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