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…

Survivor Niiiiiiight

Watching the golden butterfly as it picked its way across the window screen and I relished in the delight that it had ignited. I was amazed that such a tiny creature was capable of charming me. I couldn’t suppress a smile. I sat down and completed my documentation. I closed the binder and looked at…

Earth angel

Rob left the health office and I picked up the tongue depressor and sat back down in front of the freezer. I attacked the ice ferociously and as I did the tears flowed freely from my eyes. I didn’t even bother to wipe them away. The ice came flying off in a blur. The ‘why’s’…

Silver linings

As Marie’s footsteps faded in the background I lay out the medications for after dinner and bedtime. I heard what sounded like some evening announcements echoing from the dining hall and then the scraping of chairs as campers got up to leave after dinner. The heavy stomping of campers coming up the back stairwell announced…

Challenges and changes

I rolled over onto my hands and knees and the fingertip fell onto the floor. I dry-heaved making a horrible retching sound. I took some deep breaths to stave off the vomiting. I was not sure why I was so grossed out by it. After-all I was an experienced ICU nurse with a background that…

I get another tip.

I munched on the remainder of my campfire as I enjoyed the kids’ gentle snores. Then I cleaned up our campfire area. I bent the corner of the page in the Nancy Drew book and placed the book on the bedside cubby. I gently gathered up Patrick in my arms. He scarcely opened his eyes…

Campfire stories

I dragged my enormous hockey bag out from under the bunk bed and rifled around in there. I pulled out a small hand towel, found a fruit roll up, a bag of pretzel sticks and a bag of Cheetos. I tossed all the items onto the towel, along with the Nancy Drew book, and a…

Nostalgia Reigns

As we lumbered up the main road I was immersed in a “vale of tears”. A gray fog seemed to have descended on my little family. There was weeping, mourning and gnashing of teeth. Goodness! These children were obviously beyond exhausted. To add to the drama my arms ached and burned as I carried Patrick,…

Brief respite

Becca and Daniel laughed. “You sleepy today, Anne?” Becky asked. “Girl! Every. Dang. Day. It’s my baseline.” I shook my head, embarrassed. They laughed again. I wiped my mouth, rubbed my eyes and thanked them for the yoga class as they packed up and left. I stayed put on my towel in the middle of…

Beach yoga

Somehow I had managed to drift off to sleep with my magazine open in my lap. I woke myself with a loud snort. I heard a couple of campers giggle in response. General swim was wrapping up. I had slept through the majority of it. Thankfully the buddy system and the life guards had kept…

Magical Mishap

Campers began to line up and check in for general swim. I pulled out my Chatelaine magazine again after I surveyed the beach situation. My three were still fully engaged in their sand castle building. I flipped through the magazine and found my page again. As I read, campers continued to file into the lakefront….

Old wives?

“Dandruff shampoo? On my man parts?” Adam asked, incredulous. “Are you putting me on?” “No! Seriously. I’m guessing you have a bit of jock itch.” I whispered to Adam. “The active ingredient in dandruff shampoo might give you some relief.” Adam gave a low whistle. “Worth a try, right?” “Defs.” I agreed. “I can give…