Monday, July 25, 2011
I know, I suck. I disappeared again. This time it was for a good cause. I'm spending a lot of time back home in Minnesota this summer for weddings and other events so while I have weekdays off I decided to volunteer my time at the summer camp I called home every summer for almost a decade as a camper and later as a counselor. I spent one week there and was hooked again! I asked to come back three more weeks and got invited to be on payroll... SCORE!
I just wanted to write a quick post dedicated to my love of summer camps. I feel so lucky that my parents were brave enough to send me when I was 8. Back then, I was a sick kid. And I mean REALLY sick. I got so familiar with the toys in the emergency waiting room that I actually thought they were mine. Haha! But I'd have good spells so my parents figured it was safe to send me to a 3-day "mini camp". I am so grateful. I didn't get sick, and had a great time.
For 8 more summers I went back. As a camper and then when I got too old to be a camper I became a counselor. The memories I have from camp are memories that have stayed with me for years. In college I worked at two different camps but really did miss "My Camp", the one I'd grown up in. In 2009 I had the opportunity to go back but because of my shoulder injury I had to turn the job down that was offered to me. I did volunteer for a week and when that was through I vowed it would not be my last time at camp. So this year I jumped at the chance to go back.
Yes, I am 27 years old. Arguably an "adult" (though I do use the term lightly). But I can still put on my kid pants, wear my underwear outside of my pants, and run around pretending to be a super hero (OK, I didn't really do this because I was Rogue - see picture above - however, my Magneto co-counselor Justin did!). I can jump into a freezing cold lake at 7AM. I can eat mass produced camp food and not get an upset stomach. I can still somehow shoot a bow and arrow even though I only have one usable arm. Because at summer camp, anything is possible!
So if I am in and out over the next several weeks, that is why. I am soaking up the sun, being thrown in the lake, riding horses, sleeping on a rubber mat, and remembering what it was like to be a scared but excited little 8 year old girl going to camp for the first time. So bear with me! I will be back as often as I can and have yet more AWESOME giveaways lined up!