The Storyteller and the
Brian Berg / Gathering Storm,
Manresa Campout, 9 Oct. 2004
When you look up at the stars in the sky on a night like this, what do
you see? Do you see the Big Dipper? Do you see any planets? Do you see
stars? People have always wondered about the heavenly bodies that we see
above us at night. Constellations were created to help pick out the
If you think about how many stars there are in the sky, you might feel
small and unimportant in comparison. I felt that way when I first learned
that the universe is filled with trillions of stars. If there's so much
other stuff out there, how could I have any importance?
While I wondered this, I also knew that I was surrounded by people who
cared about me. That's how I feel here tonight. I'm with friends, both old
and new. I'm also with my daughter, Natalie.
She and I enjoy telling each other if we happen to see the clouds
turning colors around sunset. One of us will run to the other and say
"Check out the sky!" We'll rush to see the pink colors together,
knowing they won't last long.
Just like the beautiful pink of a sunset fades ever-so-fast, so do the
opportunities to share times together. Before we know it, our girls will
be young ladies in high school, and then they'll move away to college.
A weekend at the beach. If we hadn't planned this event, would you and
your daughter be doing something special together somewhere else? For most
of us, the answer is probably no.
This is a special time. Moments like this are worth the world. The
memories of this weekend will burn bright inside of us if we let them. I
treasure this time here tonight.
How many of you who were in the Indian Princess and Adventure Guides
programs remember your first campout in that program? I know I'll always
have memories of this first event of our new Quicksilver Expedition.
For all of you I wish the gift of bright memories that will linger in
your hearts long after this weekend. The best thing us dads can have is
the knowledge that our daughters will remember times like this long after
they have moved on in their lives. These girls will always be our shining
stars. Let's hope us dads will always be their dear friend.