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  1. Nancy Browne
    May 9, 2024 @ 1:35 pm

    Such a small world!

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    • Joy Walker
      May 9, 2024 @ 8:35 pm

      Isn’t it though!? Yet, in my small town I can go years and years without seeing friends and acquaintances around town. Kind of weird how that works.

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  2. Cheryl Brannon
    May 9, 2024 @ 3:23 pm

    Seriously!!!!! What are the odds?! What a great story! Also about your SMILE blog…I am there with you Joy! Just yesterday a young lady loaded my car up with groceries at the Kroger pick up. I’ve had her a few other times. Her name is JOY!!! Yes!! You heard that right! Joy. And just like you she wears a smile proudly, making people’s days a bit lighter! I told her how much her smile meant to me. I hope that made her day because it certainly made mine!

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    • Joy Walker
      May 9, 2024 @ 8:41 pm

      Oh, Cheryl what a great story! I hope I run into Joy next time I go to Kroger. When I meet her I will tell her your story. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for making our world a happier place with your smile.

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  3. Amy Pritts
    May 9, 2024 @ 5:58 pm

    Small world!
    Btw the person on the far left is the spitting image of my mom when she was young.

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    • Joy Walker
      May 9, 2024 @ 8:39 pm

      It sure is!
      That’s Laura on the far left. I’d love to compare pictures if you can find one of your mom sometime. That’s crazy!

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      • Joy Walker
        May 9, 2024 @ 8:51 pm

        So that’s Laura on the far left, Deb in the middle, me on the right, Sharon on the top left and Sally on the top right.

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  4. Tom
    May 10, 2024 @ 9:36 am

    Great story and crazy coincidences! Love Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park! Good memories there

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    • Joy Walker
      May 10, 2024 @ 10:09 pm

      Isn’t it though?! I mean, what are the odds? Ha!
      Yes. You telling me about that park was in my first draft because it was yet another piece of the story, but I had to cut about half the words to keep it short enough for people to read in an evening. Smile. Thanks for your comments.

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  5. sherry warren
    May 10, 2024 @ 3:27 pm

    This is a great story about coincidence and God’s plan. We never know what connections God has planned for us. Sometimes it takes years for it to come full circle, and us see the connection. What are the odds of you visiting a campground in Jax. FL in the 70’s and meeting friends there. Why that park, right?
    We just have to keep our eyes, ears, and heart open to the purpose God has in our lives. You are a great listener, and I am so glad you are making friends and creating realationships all throughout your travels.

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    • Joy Walker
      May 10, 2024 @ 10:13 pm

      Make new friends, but keep the old. One is Silver and the other is Gold. Remember that song? I know I am blessed with more friends than anyone deserves. Thanks for being one of those forever friends.

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  6. sherry warren
    May 10, 2024 @ 3:40 pm

    No wonder you don’t come home to much! You are meeting so many people that you have things in common with on the road camping. Keep it up, and keep finding joy!

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    • Joy Walker
      May 10, 2024 @ 10:15 pm

      Yes! And when I connect with people, then I have to go visit them, which spurs another trip and another and . . .

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  7. Lonnita
    May 11, 2024 @ 3:38 pm

    Joy, I love reading about your adventures! Keep on keeping on and sharing, my friend!

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    • Joy Walker
      May 11, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

      Thanks, Lonnita! Thanks for your encouragement and thanks for reading!

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  8. Anita L Heggison
    May 11, 2024 @ 8:12 pm

    Figure the odds! Leave it to you! You find & spread JOY wherever you land! Deb & Laura look vaguely familiar.

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    • Joy Walker
      May 13, 2024 @ 12:00 am

      I know! I have so many stories about how one chance meeting leads to another. Yes. You probably have seen them around. They are as friendly as you, so you may have even spoken to them here and there.
      Thanks for reading and commenting cuz.

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  9. Julia Danforth
    May 14, 2024 @ 4:30 pm

    Love reading your stories, Joy! They make me smile!! Looking forward to seeing you in person shortly too!!

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    • Joy Walker
      May 15, 2024 @ 1:08 am

      Thanks, Julia. Always a pleasure to see you. Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my stories. You are a blessing to so many.

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  10. Mattie Langley
    May 15, 2024 @ 10:09 pm

    I enjoy reading your Blogs, Joy. Maybe You can come to Adairsville to visit your former co-workers someday. You would have a very interesting Blog!

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    • Joy Walker
      May 19, 2024 @ 12:51 am

      Funny you should say that, Mattie. I’m planning to return to AES Monday for field day and to AHS for graduation on Tuesday. It’s always fun to see people I haven’t seen in a while. You never know, maybe a blog will be born out of one of those visits.
      Thanks for reading and commenting. Your support means a lot to me.

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