Thursday, June 29, 2006
Summer camp fun!
Our oldest granddaughter has returned “triumphant” from her first time ever at summer camp.
It’s amazing all the changes a week can bring.
She left without a backward glance, barely even waving good-bye to Mom and Pop. My friend Jane’s son Richard (who coincidentally grew up with our daughter) is the father of one of Meredith’s closest non-relatives. She has been Brandon’s “mother” since the day he was born practically. Richard picked Meredith up for camp, as Brandon was headed there also and the both of them (a friend at church calls Meredith and Brandon the ‘Bobbsey twins’) were very impatient to get to Camp Lake Stephens.
They were terribly disappointed the first thing. They weren’t in the same cabin! Then, they weren’t even in the same family group! How were they going to make it a week?
Camp Lake Stephens has a website, where parents and friends, with the proper passwords and identification, can go and see photos of the kids at camp.
We faithfully looked at Meredith and Brandon all week. Thursday, I was very amused at the condition of Meredith’s legs in one photo. They were absolutely filthy!
Friday’s photos were much cleaner. And I discovered why Thursday’s were so dirty. Meredith received a Certificate of Excellence in her family group for “geocaching.” She’d won it Thursday.
And no, I didn’t know what geocaching was either. We had to ask her Saturday. (We’d figured something to do with rocks?)
Geocaching is done with gps units. My explanation came from Meredith, so it may not be totally clear, but apparently, you are given coordinates and enter them into a gps unit and then follow the gps to the coordinates. Or, you go somewhere and the gps tells you where you are. It works something like that anyway.
Saturday morning Mom, Remy and I picked up our camper and the change was obvious!
She went to camp a 10-year-old and we picked up an 18 to 30-year-old.
It’s amazing how being around a camp counselor can influence a camper. I’m very grateful Meredith had a fantastic counselor in her cabin!
• On a more somber note, Holly Springs lost a true friend this week.
Reuben Pegues passed away with pancreatic cancer on June 26.
I’ve known and respected him since I began working at the newspaper 20 years ago.
He was a kind, gentle and considerate man and I will miss him.
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