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Pure Joy: True Life Tails and Trials of a preacher named Joy
Pure Joy True Life Tails and Trials of a preacher named Joy Author:Calvin B. Hanson Joy wondered why his dad had stuffed a number of potatoes into the pockets of his huge fishing coat until he saw him take out his knife and begin carefully to slice the potatoes and slowly drop them slice by slice down through the hole into the frigid water. As the thinly sliced potatoes began to cover the dark, murky lake bottom, young Joy eas... more »ily got the point. Little by little, as potato slices covered more and more of the lake bottom, visibility became more and more clear. The beautiful result was that instead of hazy shadows it was now possible to see the fish clearly as it moved in to the decoy. This kind of trick, Joy mused as he watched his dad, was one reason his smart father was so seldom "skunked". Tricks like this, however, were not to be spread around, and Joy felt ten feet high that his father trusted him with such delicious secrets...But divulge his secrets? Never!
Joy was 12 years old, almost 13. It was the fall of the year and he was hoping, even expecting, that this would be the year when he would have his first opportunity to hunt deer. He had watched Dad get things together for a deer hunt and had felt the adrenaline surge through his body whenever his father so much as oiled the lever-action deer rifle. His dad's last construction job for the season was finished and the choicest weeks of the whole year were just ahead. As he felt himself becoming one of the boys, the world was Joy's oyster. Then suddenly and irreparably that world cam crashing down around him. His father just disappeared from the face of the earth...« less