I get schooled.

I gave a sheepish wave as I stood beside Muddy at the top of the hill and watched Tim’s parents, Dr. Holmes and Mrs. Holmes start up the road towards us. “Hey Muddy. Would you mind introducing me to Tim’s parents please?” I asked as I glanced at him sideways. I noticed his pasted on…

Mercy?

We heard the sounds of stomping feet running down the A.C. steps. We all looked up as Muddy entered the room. He held two aluminum wrapped, stacked plates. “Hey guys! I have fresh, hot croissants with melted butter, preserves, and some bacon for you!” Tim stood up from the eye wash station and cheered as…

Worst job ever?

“Gooooood morning Camp Acorn! It’s your #1 DJ, Bobbo Beats! Rise and shine! It’s everyone’s favorite day! It’s Visitor’s Day! So get up, put on your staff shirt, slam down some coffee and embrace the day!” I heard Radio Acorn signaling the start to what ended up being a very long day. Meanwhile I was…

Another epic fail at camp nursing

While I quickly fell into a deep, delicious, dreamless sleep, poor Tim was writhing in pain in his Bear Hut bed. Tears streaming down his face, he tried to stay quiet so the other LIT 1’s wouldn’t be disturbed by his agony. He rubbed his eye. He tried a cold cloth. He tried water from…

More cheese slices as I head towards disaster!

Team work! We spent the next hour working on Stewart’s foot. Between soaking it and using a sterile needle to pick back the tissue, we finally were able to get the glass out. By the end of it Stewart was finally able to put pressure on his foot with minimal discomfort.  My back, neck and…

Getting cocky and Swiss cheese.

David, one of the Deer Hut counselors, brought the cake pan over to the Directors’ table. He scooped out a piece of cake, reached over my shoulder and tossed it into my ice cream bowl.  It was a delightful surprise. I love it when people throw cake my way! “Wow David! Thanks so much!”  “Well,…

You get used to it!

Dessert that night was ice cream! The entire dining hall went totally mental when the LITs dropped off the bowls full of chocolate and vanilla swirled ice cream on to our dining tables. Campers cheered and clapped. Angus tore up to the stage and did a happy jig to show his extreme pleasure. We all…

Getting the skinny

The kids got dressed into pants and sweatshirts while I wrung out the clothes in the shower, one at a time. My forearms quickly fatigued with all the wringing. I heard the dinner bell ring, so I hurried to finished up the last few items. I pushed the bucket down the hall and into our…

A bear dance, of sorts

I marched the kids, shivering, right into the shower stall once we got up to the third floor. They stripped off their cold, soaking wet clothes and tossed them on the floor of the shower as we waited for the water to warm up.  I liberally poured shampoo on their little heads and soap on…

Little white lies

We each grabbed our belongings from our heap on the dock and headed towards the boat house to return our life jackets.“Well that was quite an impressive display. Maybe this camp is a good influence.”“Did you seriously think camp is a bad influence?”“I wondered a bit at general swim, with all the wimpy kids asking…

Rescued by the Navy Seals

Bobbo was steering the aluminum motor boat towards us. In the boat he had three of the Navy Seals; Justin, Chuck, and Eddie. They were gripping the hull of the boat and squinting as they watched us intently. The wind blew their hair back and exposed their serious expressions. The girls were waving and cheering enthusiastically….

Courage of the fearless crew

“What do we do now?” Daughter One asked.“We try to right the boat,” Himself answered. With that he gave the broom handle tiller to my son. “Careful of the splintered end,” he said as he swam back to the hull of the boat. My son looked at the broom handle curiously. Himself grabbed the dagger board…