June 4, 2001
On this week, we launched eleven stories written by students from The Victoria READ Society. You can read their stories as well as hear them.
Dave Price is from Victoria, BC. He is 36 years old, and he has two children: Josh, 7 years old and Shantel, 2 years old. They live with their mother. Dave sees them all the time. He goes to school at Victoria READ Society and he works part-time at Funtime Inflatables.
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I go to Goldstream Park every chance I can. I like to walk along the river and watch it go by like time. I like taking Josh and Shantel. They are my children. Josh is not too bad when we walk along but Shantel wants me to carry her all the time, so I do. I like it when the salmon are spawning so does Josh, but Shantel cries. One time we were there and the park person was cutting up a salmon, Josh thought that was the best thing and Shantel did not like it. So we walked some more to look at the trees and the eagles. Shantel thought that was very neat. The birds had white heads. Josh loved it too.
So we went in the nature house. We looked at the exhibits. There is one exhibit that you push a button and the light comes on. The kids loved it until Shantel looked in and saw an owl looking back at her. Shantel wanted to go home then.
I go to the park by myself and I will sit on the edge of the river and think of all the good and bad things in my life. I will walk to see the eagles. Then I will walk up to the train trestle. It is about a 10 to 15 minutes straight up. I will sit on the trestle for hours at a time. I don't look down because I am scared of heights. One time the train was coming and I ran as fast as I could before the train entered the trestle. It took me a long time to go back on it.