Is it summer yet?

Melissa Jenkins
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Compass reporter looking forward to summer events

We all have those days. You know, the ones where we just feel useless or like everything you say or do is wrong.

Melissa Jenkins

Well, I have had several of those days in the past few months. Maybe it's the terrible weather.

And on top of all that, fighting a cold in June — not to mention in January, February, March and April — has not been fun. Luckily I avoided a cold in May, and for that I’m thankful.

But I can’t use these colds as an excuse to have those kinds of days. So each morning, I try and pick myself up, dust myself off and get right down to business.

I have made a promise to myself that starting in the coming weeks at The Compass, I’ll be battening down the hatches and pushing forward with everything I have. After all, summer is about to begin, our busiest time of the year, with sports events, festivals, concerts, fundraisers and municipal celebrations.

The busy time is what I enjoy. Sometimes it’s better to have too much on your plate than too little, at least in my experience.

Last summer was my first with The Compass, and it was a lot of fun. I attended more events than I’ve been to before, met hundreds of people and learned a lot about the people of Trinity Conception. Since I grew up in the region, I found myself at home among the crowd.

Now, with some experience behind me, I am looking to charge full steam ahead this summer, with the anticipation of making this one better than the last. And maybe this year I’ll get some time in Placentia, too.

I can already smell the barbecue, I can feel the warm sunshine on my skin and I can see the happy faces of the children attending Canada Day festivities.

I think back on my memories of the Brigus Blueberry Festival, watching the young kids of Carbonear play baseball for the first time and the many parades I attended, and I know this year will be a success.

So that is what I am going to do. I’m going to move past the feelings of uselessness and being wrong. I’m going to look forward to the coming months, and use the memories I have made guide me into the best summer yet.

And if there’s an event happening in your community, maybe you’ll see myself, or another member of our editorial team, there.

And if you do, don’t forget to say hello.

— Melissa Jenkins is a reporter/photographer with The Compass newspaper in Carbonear. She can be reached at

Organizations: The Compass

Geographic location: Carbonear, Trinity Conception, Placentia

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