JUST JUNIORS JOURNAL
"Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice."
FIRE AND ICE
Part Two: Cool Kids
OUR CAMPING ADVENTURE
On January 12th, the Lost Solace Kids went winter camping for the first time at Lake Wallenpaupack. Lake Wallenpaupack is a 13-mile-long, 5,700-acre lake in the Poconos. The lake was built in 1926, and was used as an auxiliary electric-generating facility for PPL.
We were camping at the Wilsonville site. When we got there, Mia, Vesta, Lou, and Michelle unloaded the van and did what we had to do to set up.
We went to different sites in the area, and then we ate. We had pork, carrots, corn, and potatoes, cooked in tinfoil packets over the fire. Unfortunately, some of us couldn't eat the pork because it was burned. So we went to the store, and we told stories around the fire.
Then we went to a rest area nearby, on Highway 84. On the way we got hit by a deer, which ran into the rented mini-van while we were stopped on the road.
"Oh, boy!" I said, delighted. "We finally hit a deer!"
We went back to our campsite and went to bed, but around three AM it got too cold, so we packed up and left.
We drove through New York and New Jersey, and then stopped in Centralia (see last issue), because Vesta had never seen it before. Then we ate breakfast, and went home.
On January 27, 2002, the LS Kids decided to donate a load of clothes to the Salvation Army. The clothes were given to the leader, Lou, by his co-worker Karen Leonard.
The kids sat down and sorted and boxed the clothes at the meeting.
ACCIDENT IN WISCONSIN
On January 19, 2002, Michelle and Lou were on their way home from BiPagan's wedding. A very bad driver crashed his car ahead of them on Highway 90. They hit the other driver's car, which was sitting on the center line with no lights.
The damage was bad enough that their car couldn't run. The front pinion was bent.
The driver in front of them was in shock. Lou covered him up with his coat and treated him, probably saving his life.
Lou and Michelle were stranded in Chicago for a week, staying with Michelle's relatives. On the 24th, the car was fixed, and they were on their way home.
We are planning to adopt a child from the Children International Foundation relatively soon. We will feed and clothe this child by sending ten dollars a month to the foundation.
Lou, Brenda, and Marjorie were the ones who thought the idea up. After looking at different organizations, Lou called to set up everything.
"I thought it would be a nice idea," said Lou,"And spread some of our good intentions worldwide."
Children International should be sending us the information fairly soon.
Over the years, a lot of kids have been kidnapped. It is always a terrible thing. Here are some tips on how to not let it happen to you.
1- Stay together. Always have a family member or friend with you at all times, when you go out in public.
2- Ask permission. Always ask your parents permission to go anywhere. Let them know where you are going and when you'll be back.
3- Be alert. If someone follows you in a vehicle or on foot, stay away from them. Run and go to the nearest store, friend's or family's house, or a police station.
4- Don't go with anyone. You should not go in a vehicle with anyone unless your parents have told you that it is okay.
Follow these tips and you (or your kids) will be safer.
Parents: Talk to your kids. Tell them about these problems, and these tips. Ask where they are going and when they will be back. It could help a lot.
ADORE IT/DEPLORE IT
Adore It: Fifteen-year-olds John Pletscher, Chris Mast, and Tyler Rudolph. When their school bus driver kidnapped their whole bus with a rifle in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, these three stayed calm, didn't panic, and helped the smaller children. Everyone came back safely, largely due to their efforts.
Deplore It: Shahlah Hussain, angry with her husband, falsely reported him to the FBI as a known terrorist. Wasting taxpayer money and the FBI's time is a bad way to get even with a spouse. Mrs. Hussain has been indicted for lying to the FBI. Good.
The Just Juniors Journal Is:
President: Brenda Geyer
VP: Marjorie Shelley
Secretary: Debbie Benfield
Quartermaster: Maria Shelley
Staff: Ginger White, Kendra Koch
Renovo Bureau: Sarah Wilson, Meghan Wilson
Distant Correspondents: Vesta Jones, Amber Fleming, Kazlynn Otto
After the car crash that stranded us in Chicago for a week, I ran through a pretty sizable range of emotions. The morning after, when we woke up in a Motel Six, (they don't really leave a light on for you) I was mostly annoyed.
The crash left us in Wisconsin overnight. After that, we had to stay with Michelle's relatives until it was repaired. I missed a week of work. We had to lay out over six hundred dollars for the repairs, plus towing charges, plus the motel bill. The dumb jerk in front of us causes an accident and strands us out of state for a week. I save his life. Seems fair.
It's one of those things that happens when you're a grownup---Things annoy you. Inconveniences annoy you, sometimes out of all proportion.
My co-workers, my parents, and the kids all asked the same thing when I told them about the accident. "Are you allright?"
Yes, I was. Neither Michelle or I were hurt in the accident. The only person who was hurt was the guy ahead of us, and I took care of him until the ambulance got there. We were inconvenienced, but there are worse things.
I had some time to think about it in Chicago. I was okay. Michelle was okay. The car could be repaired. Things could have worked out worse.
Sometimes, that's the important thing to hang on to. There is a big, big difference between an inconvenience and a tragedy, and it's important not to get the two confused. Damage to objects, things that can be repaired.....That's only an inconvenience. And things could be worse.
Once we got back home, and the kids came over for the Sunday meeting, I explained to them what happened. It was Marjorie's idea to write an article on it.
As she wrote, she looked up at me from her place at the table. "Sorry about the car, Lou," she said.
I crossed my arms, leaned back against the wall, and smiled.
"It's a car, Marjie," I said. "Just a car."
She continued writing the article. And I smiled, and looked at the kids. And I knew that everything I really needed in the world was right there in the kitchen with me.
-And we'll leave the light on for you