Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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Jack Turner worked for more than forty years as a mountain guide and has participated in climbing expeditions around the world. He lives with his wife outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming, near Grand Teton National Park.
Emotion creates more emotion, and one need not be a Freudian to see that early loves have long, potent causal histories. We come to love before we come to hate, and their loyal metamorphoses and transformations of fear and refuge, rage and consolation, create hard boundaries for the self. I do not believe I would hate zoos if I had not seen that streak, the sand off the paws, the stretch, the long tail. Running through the chaparral with my Fox Sterlingworth that evening long ago, I fell in love.