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Topic: Joy (05/18/06)
TITLE: Feelings Probe Memory Lane
By Trina Courtenay
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His name was Mel. He was part of the Salvation Army Church and he told my mother how she could send her daughters to summer camp for free and if she knew of any other children in need he would try and help them out as well.
The week prior to meeting Mel my mother and I went around the corner to welcome a new family into our neighborhood. They had five children. The oldest was a girl about my age and she seemed as lost and shy as I was. My mother spoke to her mother and they agreed to send us both to camp seeing the need to take our minds off of the moves we both recently made.
Next thing I knew we were registered for our first summer camp. The night before we left felt the same as Christmas Eve does to a child who still believes in Santa Claus. Seconds were no longer seconds they felt as long as minutes and minutes felt like hours before dawn consumed the night sky proving to us that camp day had indeed arrived. Excitement quickly turned to anxiety as I realized I would be leaving my loved ones behind, again. Oh I knew it was only for a few days but I had yet to deal with our move across Canada and now I was faced with taking this short trip and doing so all by myself as my older sister did not want to attend. The only face I knew was that of my new friend and as such we stuck to one another like PB & J.
The events of that four day weekend have since been blurred from time and age but I will never forget how I felt almost from the very moment I stepped off of that huge purple bus. Joy swept over me in the same way the winds do crossing the open prairies. For the first time in months I felt completely happy and no longer alone for I had finally found a new friend.
Oh I never forgot about my beloved grandparents. In fact I’ve since moved back to Ontario and the night before the move I once again felt like dawn would never rise. But as the sun rose in the eastern sky showing us the direction of our new home joy rose in my heart.
Funny how memories are triggered by sights, sounds and yes how one feels during a particular occasion. For me joy will always be associated with the making of new friends and by being reunited with loved ones.
What joy I’m sure to feel when in our Heavenly Father’s timing I am called home. Until then I hope to enjoy more occasions where this wondrous feeling fills my heart, my soul, my very being.
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