For most people, January 1st marks a fresh start. It's a time for new year's resolutions and starting over. For me, my year is more summer to summer. Maybe it's the teacher in me that likes the fresh start at the beginning of the school year. More specifically though, it's from one week of Camp Discovery to the following the next summer.
It's my refresh button.
Going to Camp Discovery has now been my summer tradition for eight summers. I have served as the Arts and Crafts Director since I was pregnant with Maggie. I'm not particularly crafty or artistic, but I can run the room and help the kids make some cool projects. I love it. I'll be honest--I have the cushiest job at camp. I get to be in an air conditioned room all day. I see all cabins and visit with all the kids throughout the week. I don't sleep in a cabin bunkhouse with kids and I don't have a lot of stress. The arts and crafts people work really hard and we help out throughout the week with other things such as running a game during night activities or being on the clean up crew for most nights. It's the best.
Each year, it's a reality check. Life has been tough for me in various ways, but it's NOTHING in comparison to what some of these kids have been through. I feel like I've focused more on my stress lately. There has been plenty, but truthfully, I can't complain.
I have my health. My children are healthy and happy. They're thriving. I have a great career. I have love. I have strong friendships that I appreciate. My mother, grandmother, and brother are a source of strength, comfort, and support.
The button has been pressed. REFRESH