Hard to believe that my first season at CGL is coming to an end. When I first started thinking about camp my biggest concern was how I was going to pack for the 4 of us (myself & 3 daughters) for the whole summer. I wondered about the day to day of the unknown as an ‘adult’ at camp…don’t get me wrong, the idea of 3 meals a day and having my laundry done is like a vacation for a stay-at-home mom who spends days at the market and doing laundry for a family of five.
What I feel now, as I sit and reflect with so little days remaining, is so unbelievable I truly feel it was a gift. I absolutely LOVED it here at CGL. I love the friendships I fostered with the other upper staff, the instant comfort level I felt and the inclusiveness of everyone here. I look forward to early morning walks, love evenings hanging on the White House porch & laying together with my ‘roomies’ chatting in our rooms. I smile to myself frequently as I see all the kids playing, walking hand in hand, leaning on each other under a tree singing as I walk by to the pool where I spend the majority of my day. I get such joy seeing all the campers swimming together, being called “Aunt Rachel” & spending my days with my four lifeguards that I adore and who look to me as their ‘mum’ here.
When I think about it, there’s nothing I don’t like. I can’t even say I miss the air conditioning, maybe my shower but really that’s it (and my husband too). Even rainy days are better here, splashing through camp in boots and hoodies. Personally seeing my girls from afar laughing with their bunkmates and knowing these are lifelong friendships they have made in such a short time has solidified my decision to be here. There is acceptance. There is laughter. There is love. These are memories. Because here at camp it’s together. It’s all just better together.
Aunt Rachel, Pool