Life’s moments watched by a team of people

I’ve had a lot of excellent experiences this summer.

By Jonah Kondro

I’ve had a lot of excellent experiences this summer. I could likely write a fair amount on all my travels, laughs, and comedic hiccups that I endured throughout the warm days of the June, July, and August.

In and amongst all the motorcycle miles that were accumulated, I found time to venture on a midsummer camping mission. There were six of us in a conjoined site, just west of Trochu, in the river valley at the Tolman Bridge (east) Campground. My friends shared an important collective realization during that weekend trip in July.

During the first night, once the sun had sufficiently set, our group was a little drunk and a little restless. It was decided that we all should go check out the river. We stood on the eastern banks of the Red Deer River and looked up at the stars. Our attention was diverted to a car that came to the boat launch on the west bank.

The couple who came out of the car were oblivious to our presence on the other side of the river—and remained oblivious to us even after we all hooted, howled, growled, and barked like mad dogs on the banks. When our cries went unnoticed, we stopped acting like wild animals.

The couple stood close to one another and seemed to be entranced with the night sky. Someone from my group quietly spoke, “it looks like they are having one of those life moments.”

Our group seemed to know that the couple were in a moment that would become (for them) a cherished memory of an evening spent gazing into the sky. Our group has been a group since the dawn of time: the majority of us have been friends since elementary school. We all have had our share of life’s moments together—the ones that fall under the category of unforgettable instances in life.

Another person in our group spoke while we simply stood on the banks watching the people on the other side: “life moments, watched by a team of people.” It sounded like a slogan. Our group had a collective epiphany. We began to converse over the strange realization that some of our group’s scared moments may have been silently observed from a distance, just like how we were all witnessing a couple have their own moment. Our group was jarred at the notion that the memories we mutually experienced may share ownership with outsiders.

We left the banks of the river and returned to the campsite. The rest of our evening was spent stringing together fragments of philosophical knowledge. My group felt like we had been an sideshow audience to the couple on the other side of river—but for all we knew some group could have been watching us while we sat around the fire deliberating and contemplating.


Just Posted

Motorist dies near Ponoka after loose tire collides with vehicle

Ponoka RCMP seek assistance in locating vehicle belonging to the tire

Six horses stolen from Winfield area

RCMP seek public’s help in missing horses investigation

Almost 100 kgs of suspected cocaine seized at Coutts border crossing

84 bricks of suspected cocaine seized from California residents’ vehicle; largest recorded seizure.

Good response to kids and drugs program

Substance abuse prevention program held

Council approves sign

New entrance signs for Rimbey

Trudeau apologizes for decades of LGBTQ discrimination by federal agencies

‘I am sorry. We are sorry,’ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria

Declaring a victory in Syria, Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation.

Pipe bomb explodes in NYC subway

Pipe bomb strapped to man explodes in NYC subway, injuring 4

Toronto FC to hold victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Toronto FC to hold downtown victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Canada’s only commercial spaceport hopes to launch 12 rockets per year

Nova Scotia’s rocket launch site hopes to eventually host 12 launches per year

‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globes

The nominees were announced from Beverly Hills after still-burning fires ravaged Southern California for the past week.

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

Most Read