Tuesday, October 12, 2010
There they'd park their cars, jump in their boats and ride seven more miles down the bendy, gorgeous waterway to a small cabin owned by one of the teachers, Mr. Barrett. They'd spend a week fishing, eating, singing oldies around the kitchen table, fishing, laughing, pulling pranks on each other, and fishing some more. It was a wonderful tradition, and one they kept up for several years. They even made t-shirts emblazoned with their self-appointed name: The June Crew.
So you can imagine my delight when my sister Laura sent each of her siblings a DVD last week, copied from a video she found when going through Dad's things. It was titled "June Crew. June 8th, 1990." I popped in the disc and held my breath as the image of happy, smiling men loading their boat at the Key River Marina appeared. I recognized them all immediately as my Dad's dear friends and fellow educators.
Two things became apparent immediately. The first was you never saw my Dad. He was constantly behind the camera, talking to whomever he was taping at the time. The second was that you could hear my Dad's voice distinctly, and I've never heard him sound so happy. He laughed constantly, even appearing to giggle in some places.
As I watched the DVD from start to finish, wiping a tear away at some particularly sweet moments, a thought occurred to me. I don't know if I've ever been as happy as my Dad sounded on that tape. I've been in some great places with gorgeous scenery, with awesome company, but I'm not sure if my voice has ever sounded as exuberant and giddy as Dad's did as he rode on his friend's boat down that Key River. I'm so grateful he had that week every year.
If you've already found that place, will you tell me about it now? I'd LOVE to hear about it! And as always,
Thanks for Reading!!
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