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Monday, April 17, 2017


Date of occurrence:
December 23, 2016.

Kc and aunt A. went on a camping trip yesterday. It is just for fun, rest, and relaxation and they plan on staying till Saturday morning.

It will be the first time Kc is going to sleep in a hammock and he is looking forward to that. The hammocks are set up fairly quick and the night goes by warm and comfortable.

They are not too far away and we decide to visit with them for a few hours. Upon our arrival, they are hiking and as we wait Opa carves a stick and I engage in my favorite past time; scouring the camp site for lost treasures.

It doesn't take long before they are back. We share a meal, adjust the hammocks where need be, and Opa teaches Kc to use the right tool for the right job and how to carve a feather stick.

Within no time he carves an excellent feather stick, but now comes the tricky part: getting it to take a spark and light it on fire with a ferro rod.

Our little man tries, and tries, and tries some more. After about ten minutes of continuous trying, I don't think it will ever happen. Oh me of little faith. All of a sudden the stick is on fire.

Kc dumps it in the fire ring and stares at it in disbelief. Then it dawns on him. He made fire from scratch. A huge smile lights up his face and he spreads his arms out wide. Yes, victory!

We were all so proud of him we forgot to take a picture of this memorable moment, but it is forever engraved in our minds.

And Kc? He learned more then making fire from scratch. He also learned that quitters never win and...

Winners never quit!


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