It’s summer, again. The sun is beating down, we’ve just had another week of a heat wave and it’s just starting to cool off a bit. Clearly summertime is not my favorite season, but I power through and try to make the most of it. Although I love this warmer (emphasis on warm not steamy and sweltering) weather, I haven’t spent nearly as much time outside as I usually do and am feeling pretty pale and pasty.
I’ve always asserted that there’s two types of ideal jobs to have in the summer. You either spend your days in the wonderfully cool and breezy air conditioning indoors, or outside all day getting your tan on and soaking up the sunshine. For the last four years (wow, has it really been that long) I’ve spent seven weeks as a camp counselor getting paid just above minimum wage and having a love-hate relationship with the job. I’d be outside for eight hours a day, working on a lovely, golden glow, surrounded my munchkins asking many questions. Now I’m in an office where I love my job, but I miss the camp environment every once in awhile.
1.Kids keep you young, you stay updated on all the latest trends and they are never afraid to tell you like it is to your face. It’s refreshing because no one else is ever as real as they are.
2. The sunshine keeps you tan and blonde until the weather turns cool and crisp again when the leaves start to change.
3. You get to spend some unforgettable summers with a crew that has your back and can become some of your closest friends. Especially during those long days on trips to waterparks and on buses where there’s not even a pitstop to pee.
1. For me, too much time with other people gets on my nerves. And kids, at many ages, can be super annoying. It’s even worse when they knowingly aggravate you, but most of the time it’s out of love for their counselor (or at least that’s what I told myself).
2. Sometimes that farmers and sock tan from the constant sneaker wearing needs some tempering with flip-flops and a swimsuit, but I suppose that works out while you’re supervising poolside. However, the shorts tan will always remain.
3. Those same people who have your back tell it like it is with reckless abandon. They don’t owe you anything and can disappear to get a “real-job” from summer to summer. Don’t get attached or have high expectations unless they become your kleek.
Everything has its pros and cons and camp is no exception, but I’ll always be grateful for the experience. It’s something that has taught me a lot and shaped who I am as a person, and for that I can’t thank the kids and co-counselors, parents and mentors enough.
Here’s to the summers filled with memories that last a lifetime. Miss ya Chadwick – I’ll have to come and visit soon!
Love ya, hugs // ❤