Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 7, 2011

Too good to be true…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 10:42 pm
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“I’d like to offer you a seasonal ranger job, pending the outcome of the background investigation,” the supervisory ranger in front of me was saying. “Would you like time to think about it?”

I closed my eyes and heard in my brain, “Think about what? I have wanted to be a national park ranger ever since I was a youngster!” When I opened my eyes I was replying “No, I don’t need time.” “And your answer?” she inquired.

quite happy indeed

I wanted to jump up and down and shout “AFFIRMATIVE!!!,” but I restrained myself and spoke as professional a Yes as could be given during lunch with sweet sticky peach juice running down my hand. My Yes was graciously accepted with a smile by my future boss.

And that is how it all went down a couple of days ago. My childhood dreams finally converge with reality. I’ve had to pinch myself a few times, and have this perpetual smile on my face even while I sleep.

I’ll be working as a Park Guide right here in gorgeous Arches National Park through the fall, go home for the winter, and return to finish my season in the early spring. Dream come true. Thanks be to God.


  1. I agree that an attitude of gratitude is important, but never fail to thank that person in the mirror for their contributions too . . .

    Comment by leroque — July 7, 2011 @ 11:23 pm | Reply

  2. congrats dear sweet sister o’ mine………. no one deserves it more than you 🙂

    Comment by john — July 8, 2011 @ 5:42 am | Reply

  3. I knew you could do it..and you did it..so happy for you sis.

    Comment by Chris — July 8, 2011 @ 6:51 am | Reply

  4. Joann replies, “I rejoice with you. SOOO THANKFUL!” I interrupted Joann’s snooze in her LazyBoy to pass on this awesome news.–John

    Comment by John Toso — July 8, 2011 @ 8:28 am | Reply

  5. The word congratulations seems inadequate. I am beyond thrilled for you.
    There is a sense of peace, harmony, contentment at your being where you are meant to be.


    Comment by Deb — July 8, 2011 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  6. Way to persevere KB. I’m very happy for you and the many visitors to Arches whose visits to the park you will be enriching!

    Comment by midsummerman — July 8, 2011 @ 10:04 am | Reply

  7. Well done and congrats…..it is so great when a dream can come true and you can truly do something that will make you happy and want to get up each and every day…..I’m very proud and happy for you….

    Comment by Aunt Barb — July 8, 2011 @ 11:53 pm | Reply

  8. That is awesome news, Kathryn. I am incredibly happy for you. Praise the Lord!

    Comment by Allen Gislason — July 9, 2011 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

    • Yep, it’s as awesome as can be. I’m still smiling…

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — July 12, 2011 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

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