Koala Love


I saw my first photo of a koala in an animal book when I was 12 years old. That’s when I fell in love with Koalas and became my favorite animal. I found them cute and cuddly, they resemble the prefect teddy bear but a live one for which you can cuddle and play with. I definitely wanted one for myself. Unfortunately, I found out that they lived in Australia and realized that it would be impossible to ever have one needless to say even own one. I was very disappointed! It felt like it was the end of the world! I knew that it was an impossible dream! So therefore, I downgraded my dream to just being able to see one instead at least once in my life.

Knowing how much I loved them, I was blessed with family and friends who got me as gifts all sorts of koala accessories and books such as plush animals, knick-knacks, t-shirts, cards, and much more. Through these aspirations, I kept my dream alive…But it was not enough, One day, I came about this women in the newspaper holding a koala in her arms. I envisioned that it was me. They say that if you vision things strong enough the vision may materialize. The Law of Attraction, a Universal Law, states that: what you envision and feel, you attract. This was not at the time revealed in my young age but I somehow practiced it in some ways. I kept on believing that someday I shall hold a Koala in my arms. Here comes the doughts….but what were the chances of that happening. Just keep envisioning and don’t stop….

In the meantime, my collection grew, I grew older but the dream never died. In my quest to see a koala someday, I started to check around and the closest place was the San Diego Zoo in California. Again, that was so far away and so much money. I guessed I’d have to give up. Then, one day I saw an ad on television that announced the arrival of koalas at the Metro Toronto Zoo. I told my husband, Guess where were going for our summer holidays? There was no way that I was going to miss that!

Once there, we had to get in line and wait our turn. It seemed to take forever. The line finally started moving and as I approached I took out my camera to take the picture of a lifetime, a real live koala. I raised the camera and pressed the button, but nothing happened. Oh no! I panicked trying every way possible to make this work. Something was wrong with the camera and I was unable to make it work. Next thing I hear is that we all needed to move along so the other group could move in. I felt like crying, I had missed my chance. I quickly went back in line and again had to wait and wait. Finally, it was my turn again. This time, forgetting about the camera, I just took in the beautiful sight before me: the cutest, most amazing animal I ever saw. Wowwwwwwwwwww…But was unable to take a picture….Domage…

So the quest continued. See, my Mom loved to have fun and travel. She’d encourage me to enjoy life and to take it easy. On the other hand, my Dad was more grounded, the safe and secure type. He wanted me to have a stable job which to him was to work in the government. My Mom would say, you’ll work hard enough all your life, enjoy it a little. Travel whenever you can. My Dad would say, you need a stable job to bring in regular pay. I struggled for 10 years in the private sector until I finally decided 6 months before my father passed away, to get a stable job in the Federal Government. He said it really made him happy, I’m glad I was able to do that for him and with time appreciated what that job brought to me in return. So, now that I had a good, secure job I was able to travel.

My first big trip was to Western Canada to see the Rockies. While staying at a Bed & Breakfast in Banff we met people from the four corners of the world. A couple in particular was from England. We connected well with them and exchanged addresses. We kept in contact and visited them in England two years later. That is when they announced to us that they were moving to Australia. Well, my heart started pounding. I made them a promise that one day soon I’d go visit them in Australia. That meant that I had to start getting serious about saving money and accumulate leave time.

It took us, my husband and I, three years to get everything organized to go to Australia. The date was booked 1 year ahead of time and it ended up being October 2001. It turned out to be one month after the 9/11 attack. My husband said that we would probably have to cancel the trip. I told him: You cancel that trip and you’ll have a divorce on your hands. There was no way I was going to miss my chance to go to Australia and possibly see my koalas. Finally, we went. It was a very long and tiring flight but once we were there, it was awesome.

Our friends took us to a zoo in Sydney, and there I took my first photo of my little koala! Unfortunately, we were not allowed to touch them. We then went to another zoo, I tried to grab one but it did not want to be touched and got away from me; so close and yet so far. Our 6 weeks was quickly coming to an end and I still hadn’t held a koala. I was so disappointed! I was happy with my pictures, but still longed to hold one in my arms. On the eve of our last day in Australia, we visited the last zoo on our list. It was there that my dream finally came true! I was able to hold a koala in my arms. For a minimal fee, I could have my picture taken with a baby koala whose name was Andy. Naturally, I went for it; having waited for this moment all my life. The huge grin on my face could not be wiped off for a very long time.

Upon my return I visited my Mom at her residence and showed her the picture of me holding this precious little baby koala named Andy in my arms. I told her it was just like the picture I had cut out when I was a kid. She was so happy for me; that I was able to fulfill my life time dream. I also brought back a beautiful koala sweatshirt for her. She never got to wear it however, because she passed away 6 months after my return.

I am grateful to my Dad for insisting I get a secure, stable job which provided me with the money and time to make this trip and to our dear friends in Australia who made this all possible. But mostly, I am thankful to my Mom for instilling in me a sense of adventure and the determination to pursue my dreams. She taught me not take life too seriously and to have fun along the way. I never grew tired of receiving all those things and still today have a shadow box table full of koala memorabilia.

Some dreams take a long time in the making but are worth all the anticipation; all the moments spent waiting for them to come true. Never give up on your dreams. Life prepares you along the way and aligns you in the direction needed to get to your desires. You create your life events.you bring forward the experiences you want to live in this time and space continuum….yes you can. The Law of Attraction is real.

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Story by Sylvie Tessier
Edited by Lee-Anne C.

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