Monkey butts and cowboys

We sat back down at the Director’s table while Barb was completing the finishing touches on wiping down the surface. I left the kids safely in the hands of Anita and Sammy and went up to the health office. I had my regulars and two extras. One case of a sliver in the foot. It…

Old Smokey

We could hear the melody of “On Top of Old Smokey” start up as the Deer Hutters tried to stay in rhythm. The drips rolling off the paddles caught the sun and sparkled. The view was Norman Rockwell worthy. “…I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed…” I joined in. The kids looked at me…

Seeing the War Canoe off

The kids and I made quick work of our lunch, excused ourselves, hurried out the side door of the dining hall and headed down to the boat house. As we trekked down the path, the kids were excitedly discussing what they would pack for our trip to Little Indian Island for our adventure in camping…

Camping plans

We sat down to a lunch of summer sausage in a cheese sauce and a broccoli salad. “I think we should go see the Deer Hut kids campers take off for Little Indian Island.” I told my three kids. “Definitely!” Barb responded as she ladled out lunch to her two. “It’s quite a sight. You…

Saving lives

I giggled all the way up to lunch. I was the first to arrive for lunch and I tossed my back pack under my chair at the directors’ table. It wasn’t 30 seconds later that my three came bounding in and threw themselves into their seats at the table. They then captivated me with their…

Communing with nature

I assembled all the supplies in front of me on the table and began to follow Danny’s instructions. He was so patient. I thanked him and started to wrap the metal hoop with the rough binder twine and worked to ensure I was wrapping it tightly enough to cover the metal. Danny fell silent and…

Weaving my own web

The sailing class had long since finished and the windsurfers had paddled past chatting happily when my bottom started to hurt from sitting in the folding chair so long, so I decided to pack it up. I placed the folding chair back in the box. Where to now? I stood for a moment as I…

From peace to pandemonium

I heard stifled giggles from behind me. I turned in my seat to have a look. There were eight campers laying belly down on their windsurf boards, without the sails attached. They had used their hands to paddle themselves around to the fishing dock. ”Hi Nurse Anne!” Robert, the windsurf instructor, whispered. ”Well hello! No wind…

Beauty & Function

I returned to my room and grabbed my backpack. I tucked my novel into the front pocket and decided I would read on the the fishing dock. I headed to the boat house and turned the corner to head down the path towards the docks when the bright red color of the war canoe caught…

Firming up plans for the day

I put the Deer Hut first aid kit together. I used tiny ziplock bags for the the personal medications. I used a permanent marker to label each of the bags with the campers’ name and directions. I then organized the medications into three ziplock bags labeled; lunch, dinner, bedtime. I wrote out a list of…

Considering an Island Paradise?

“I’ll get started on that first aid kit for you. I will included medications for lunch, dinner and bedtime for the campers. Right? You will be back for breakfast tomorrow?” “Yep. We get them up just after the sunrises to get their tents taken down and packed. Then they have to paddle back to camp…

Wounds heal

I hustled up the stairs after breakfast to the office. I sat with my feet propped on my desk, cracked open my book and delved into the story while I waited for my charges. It was only my regulars who showed up. I handed out their meds and went back to my book. Lordy, I…