yesterday and today have been a little tough.
i was talking with keith tonight on my night off though, about how when i look back on the day or the week or the summer, it’s not really those moments of frustration i remember, but rather the overall mood of the week. so after having a wonderful night off, when i look back on today, it’s actually been pretty good. pool time was fun, meals were pretty good, and the clinics went really well today.
kelly and i were in charge of chapel this morning, and it went really well. there was a but of stumbling when we did music, but i definitely still enjoyed it, ultimately the kids didn’t notice, and the skit and wrap up went smoothly. it was based on matthew 25:35-40, where Jesus is telling His disciples the story about the king who thanks some of his subjects for feeding and clothing him, and when they don’t know what he’s talking about, he tells them that whenever they bless those regarded as the least, they bless their king. it was a cool reminder that we’re able to put God first when we put others second (camp lingo. it’s the “i am third” motto: God is first, others are second, and i’m third).
like i said, my night off has been awesome. a small group of us went to a cookout at the duplex, a house that some of the guy staff stay in. we had good food, great conversation, and just some quiet reflection.
it was so great to connect with these awesome people that i see every day, but only in the context of passing each other while singing crazy songs or waving to each other across the main field. i learned some things about people that i never knew before, and it was so encouraging and refreshing.
plus there was amazing food. and who can pass that up?
i have to head back to the riv soon (more camp lingo… river village. get on my level.) so i think i’ll just make the rest of this a flood of pictures.
i love boys that marvel at huge ant clusters and beg me to take pictures of them pointing to it. i love intense games of gaga, especially when they bring out the hidden athlete in people. including counselors. i love how everything in camp is a big deal.
i love singing the birthday song during lunch. especially to counselors. happy birthday liz!
i love when kids make silly faces. i love group pictures, and watching as kids realize it’s okay to be crazy, especially at camp! i love obstacle courses and making new friends and watching the miami gentlemen turn into miami husbands (their decision, not mine). i love watching a ten-year-old boy make friends with a ten-year-old girl.
i love watching boys get really excited about holding chickens and bunnies. i love watching eric, one of our village directors, interact with kids. i love half smiles and curious expressions. i love young kids who have sharp wit and a dry sense of humor. i love hearing kids try to speak in a british accent when they talk about being gentlemen.
i love that the highlight of one of my camper’s days was playing football with hugo.
i love unexpected conversations with friends in the last fifteen minutes of our night off.
i love the walk in the pitch black darkness back down to the riv.
i love the way the trees open up halfway through the path and you can see the stars.
i love when nights off are really, really refreshing.
and i’m thankful for all of it.