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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Camping (07/11/05)

TITLE: Don't You Ever Get Enough?
By Paul Potenza
07/13/05


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DONíT YOU EVER GET ENOUGH?

My Father In Law & I were both Marines. He in WWII and I during the ďrelative peaceĒ that followed.

He likes me. I rate better than his other son-in law who happened to be a deserter.

When I married his daughter, I had the honor of adopting his eight year old grandson.

One of the first things that I did was take my new son camping. My new son didnít think Iíd come through on the deal. Heíd been promised some things by a few guys that never happened. Even his mother was afraid that I might back out. But to be perfectly honest, this was mostly for me. I showed him how to pack his gear and I took him out to my favorite camping place, a few miles back in the woods. I brought MREís (Meals Ready to Eat) from MY gear and I showed him how to use a knife and how to cook and fish and hunt. (Actually, HE showed ME how to fish.) Thereís a LOT you can pack into three days & nights. You can show a young boy how not to be afraid of the dark, and how to start a fire without matches and how to take a dump in the bushes. We actually went back and looked at that first dump he took and laughed. (We have a VIDEO TAPE!) It was like a victory for him. Every time we went camping after that, we looked for his turd.

Time went on and we had a lot more camping trips. His grandfather, who had been at the Chosin Reservoir, asked me a question one time...

ďDidnít you get enough of that when you were in the Marine Corps?Ē

My answer is simple. I got enough of killing and hate and death. But Iíll never get enough of sitting around a campfire with my son. Iíll NEVER get enough of watching his smile while heís toasting his marshmellows. Iíll N E V E R get enough of making coffee and frying eggs at 4:00 A.M. and seeing the tent flaps rustle, and seeing a little sleeping bag with a nose sticking out of it, emerging to greet another day.

Would YOU ever get enough?


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Karen Ward07/18/05
Very touching, made me smile. Well done :)
Lauren Bombardier07/18/05
Very nice. This reminds me of the first time my dad (also an adoptive father) took me camping. Thank you for the memories!
Theresa Kissinger07/18/05
Good for you, keep writing I think there is a lot you have to share with Dad's and sons, step or otherwise.
Carol Shaffron07/18/05
Just like God who bestows on us the "spirit of adoption" and makes us His own and proceeds to teach us what we need to "grow in grace and stature".
Nina Phillips07/19/05
Very cute and warm.
God bless ya, littlelight
Shari Armstrong 07/20/05
A great story -and thanks to you and your father-in-law for serving!
dub W07/21/05
Great story - father/son camping trips are great. Thanks for submitting this essay.
Brandi Roberts07/21/05
Beautiful memory. Thanks for sharing.
Marilyn Schnepp 09/23/06
Semper Fi, my friend; I'm reading again. Great story, (you could have left the dumping to imagination) and such an enjoyable, warm feeling comes from inside. Great way with words...Kudos!