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Camping (and Singing) in the Rain. By Emily Punjack

By Mormon.org
Emily Punjack and family

Our first family camping trip.

I remember it vividly because it rained THE. ENTIRE. TIME!

My stepdaughter Madi was originally very excited to go (despite her fear of bugs). And surprisingly enough, her excitement did not diminish with the decreasing amount of sunlight in the sky. Instead, she took the hand of my husband and I and laughed and laughed as we walked the dogs through gigantic puddles without even an umbrella and got soaked to the bone.

Her attitude surprised me. I thought that she of all people—a tiny 7-year-old—would have complained the whole time about our damp situation. But instead, she made the best of it, and we had a great time rain hiking, rain swimming, and rain biking. (And guess what? Absolutely no bugs!) At night, we made a fire to dry out and then huddled in our warm, dry tent and played board games and read the scriptures by flashlight.

Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if we could take on the positive attitude of a bright-eyed 7-year-old? When dark times come our way, what would the situation be like if we could see the good in the situation instead of only focusing on the bad? What if we laughed instead of complained when things didn’t go our way? And what if we moved forward anyway even when circumstances weren’t what we had hoped? I personally think that miracles would happen and that this world would be a much happier, brighter place to live. Madi’s upbeat attitude during our camping trip not only helped her to have a good time, but her attitude also affected us. In the end, it made all the difference.

To this day, people ask Madi if she’s ever been camping before, and her eyes will brighten just a little bit as she mentions the activities that we did and the fun that we had.

But she never mentions the rain.

Emily Punjack is the editor in chief of Celestial Shine Magazine. Celestial Shine Magazine’s mission is to provide a positive and modest fashion magazine for teen girls. Emily lives with her husband and stepdaughter in Pennsylvania.

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