I think I was just overwhelmed with it all. That I was back in the place where my problems and my waistline were once both much smaller than they are now. Where strength was your counselor lifting a trash can full of bug juice onto the bed of a truck and masculinity was a wrangler galloping around flag lowering before Hoe Down. When 3:30 pm meant siesta and an eastward facing screened window was the only thing you needed. Where beauty was seen in the campfire soot under your nails and leaders sang every word to the silliest of songs. Where I was my truest self - my best self - and if you could capture the scent of cedar and sunscreen and bubble gum all laced together with the faint memory of cigar smoke you would hold onto it forever. A place where four weeks is enough time to become lifelong friends and find yourself and fall in love. Where you can count every star and hear every bug and feel every change in the wind. Where you heart is its most open and your mind its most free. Where everyone wins and you always leave a place cleaner than you found it.
I used to sing for my bunk in the pavilion. They would make requests and I would perform!
Ooooh, if these wagon wheels could talk...
At free swim with one of my oldest, dearest friends.
The Echo Hill symbol in white rocks.
And every night we would sing this song before passing the squeeze around our bunk friendship circles:
"Green trees around us, blue skies above
Friends all around us in a world filled with love.
Taps sounding softly, hearts beating true
As we all say, "Goodnight to you!"
Day is done gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the skies.
All is well safely rest.
G-d is nigh."