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…

Bonafide to bogus

In the dining hall we found Lydia at the Directors’ table, sitting beside Barb and in deep conversation. She and Barb waved to me. The five kids happily greeted each other and chatted. Barb and Lydia were discussing Bill’s discharge from the hospital and arranging child care for the day. Camp would be returning to…

Nursing: not all jokes

The bell rang and the blaring music started with “Waterfalls” by TLC. It was Tuesday. The kids led the way down to the health office. They plunked down on the floor. I opened the office, grabbed the joke book and tossed it towards Sarah as I called out, “Heads up!”. She caught it. “Can you…

Rough start

I stealthy changed into my pajamas and cautiously started to climb the ladder to the top bunk. The bones in my foot loudly cracked as I stepped onto the first rung. I grimaced as I stopped to check to see that I hadn’t woken Patrick. Thankfully he slept on. The bottom of my foot still…

Love is in the air

My face flushed as I reached level ten of awkwardness. I quickly looked away from Liz’s fresh love bite. “I hope the bear didn’t side track your planning.” I said uneasily as I cleared my throat. Liz’s played with the collar of her t-shirt. “We had to cut our session short so I’m thinking…” Ben…

A Scary Bear

I could not have felt more awkward!! I held my breath as the wordless conversation continued. Apparently the unidentified canoodling couple hadn’t noticed me. Thank goodness! I ever so carefully took a tiny step backwards and waited silently. Nothing. I took another step backwards and waited again. Nothing. I turned and as quietly as possible…

A beautiful night

“Oh!” Barb pulled back and swung her head right and left, looking at the shoulders of her t-shirt that now had hand-shaped splotches of clay. She laughed. “No big deal. I never come out of pottery class unscathed!” Barb used her t-shirt to wipe her tears from her eyes and managed to get eyeliner on…

Throwing a bowl

I ran up to the third floor to check on the kids. I peeked into the two bedrooms and all three kids were sawing logs. Sound asleep. I noticed the light on in the office and stepped though the door. Lydia was bent over the computer scrolling through some work. “Good evening Lydia!” I greeted…

Challenge accepted

The LITs’ jumped to their feet as Marie and Dane clapped their hands and yelled. “Let’s go guys, as you are! This is it! Come on! Down to the boat house! Now!” The LITs who had worn the extra clothing looked triumphant, while the LITs in their shorts and t-shirts looked a little chagrinned. “I…