Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 7, 2011

Too good to be true…

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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.

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