The celebration of what seems to be a very important event in the history of our little town happened today. Old Settlers. When the oldies came and settled down to make first the great town of Jam, now renamed Ferndale. I wanted to attend with first a friend, but she was set off on a camping trip to the middle of Washington. Second my cousin(s) but they were interested in other affairs. Third my dog, but she seems to not like me at the moment. I ventured 30 minutes into town alone. My dear brother, Robert, was playing in the alumni band so I thought I would watch him. I got there late and missed him but luckily hopped on the FFA float, in which I supplied no help in creating, but joined spontaneously for a good ride.
Skip to after the parade.
I met Robert after the parade and I showed him around the festivities of our grand celebration. It was toasty warm outside but only 70 degrees. I was baking. Funny how the sun impacts you in a mostly rainy region. Robert enjoyed walking around and seeing what was camped out in Pioneer Park, but without my grandma, my aunt, or my mom, it had no real significance to either one of us.
Fast forward to Second Avenue.
There is a shop on Second Avenue in little Ferndale called, wait for it, Second Avenue Sports. Only the most high quality store for purchasing your Ferndale gear. The woman working there was one I was not familiar with. I shopped around while my brother began talking to her.
Background on Robert; He served in the Canada Winnepeg mission for 2 years and in his last area serving, there were many Filipino members and people living there.
The woman in the store was Filipino. Robert also learned Tagalog while serving there and after asking the employee her ethnicity he began speaking in Tagalog. The woman was so surprised and also began speaking in Tagalog.
Robert has no background of this language, but yet he speaks it so effortlessly and is able to make people laugh and smile with his extraordinary, impeccable gift.
Yes in a small store in my little town, I saw the gift of tongues come to life.
Humbled and happy.
Manatiling nakatutok (stay tuned).
Holley has been living the dream since 1997. She is a lover of 80s music and rain and kombucha and goats. She's passionate about photography and sharing her life.
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