LIfe lessons from unexpected places part 1

by nineteenjuices

A thing as simple as Camping can Change your Life . A few years ago when my kids were young my wife and I decided that going camping might be a great way to get them out of the city and a great way to spend a couple weekends as a family. We bought a tent and some supplies and headed out for the great outdoors. We arrived at a new campground that just opened. We got out our tent.We found to our  dismay the  instructions furnished were not  in English. No problem how hard could it be? Several hours later and with the help of a few good people who had tent experience our tent was up. We spent our 1st night sleeping in sleeping bags on the ground. The next morning we awoke cold and stiff and ready to pack up and leave. But we didn’t we spent the next 2 days enjoying campfires, hot dogs, new friends, and relaxing and we were hooked. The next thing you know we had a new 33-foot trailer, on a permanent lot, with a deck and firepit. It was one of the best decisions of my life! I met a man across the road from us his name was Gino. Gino was a great guy he just retired from working at the Ford motor company. If you needed anything needed to be repaired or installed on your truck, car, golf cart, or camper Gino was your guy. Gino taught me how to repair cracked plastic with a soldering gun, he taught me how to make airplanes out of beer cans, how to make decorative outside light globes out of clear plastic glasses and Christmas tree lights. We affectionately called them Gino’s balls at night we’d look at all the campsites brightened by Gino’s  ideas. He taught me you could repair darn near anything with JB weld and Duct tape. What he taught me Most was that if you are willing to help people and share your knowledge they will never forget you. Ask anyone from the campground Gino has been gone for years . He was taken too young with cancer but just mention his name and watch their faces light up and the stories start to flow.

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