NORTH BEND, Wash. — On the side of a towering rock face, Cing Kim gingerly placed her left foot on a small ridge. She tried to grab a higher ledge with her hands, but the tips of her fingers slipped, and she fell back a few feet onto an overhanging ledge.
“This is so hard,” said Cing, 12. “I can’t.”
She had been trying to get over the same section of rock for 10 minutes. Her hands were shaky, and she was out of breath. She told the volunteer belaying her that she was ready to be lowered to the ground.
As Cing tried to recover during this late summer trip to Olallie State Park, 45 miles outside of Seattle, a program coordinator, Amanda Cook, approached.
“Whenever things are hard, we try again, right?” said Ms. Cook, who works with young people in the Seattle area through the International Rescue Committee.
It was advice she expected Cing Kim and her two best friends, Cing Sung and Cing Lun, to use during the rock-climbing excursion. And it is advice she hopes the three Cings (it’s a common name in their home country of Myanmar) continue to use as they build their new life in the United States.
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