Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lazy Day

Tomorrow is Lazy Day at camp - a time honored tradition that everyone looks forward to. One of the great things about it is that it is always a surprise when it happens, as it is announced 1-2 days ahead of time. The main difference between Lazy Day and any other camp day is that there is no morning bell to wake people up, and you could technically sleep until lunch time. The regular program kicks back in at 2:00.

My kids both looked at me earlier this week and said, "Mom, I need Lazy Day... I'm exhausted!" A number of the staff have commented how much they need it, too. It's been interesting to watch the raw nerves that are present.

When Lazy Day was announced this morning, cheers erupted throughout the camp. I couldn't help but laugh out loud. The noise could probably be heard for miles around - I know it is a memory I'll cherish for a long time to come. Tonight, the 8th and 9th graders get a special cookout at the pool, then there is a band party on the tennis courts for the whole camp. That is followed by the midnight movie for 9th graders on the Volleyball courts, where you'll find me serving popcorn... how cool that this is happening.. Tomorrow morning the 9th graders also get extra ski time on the lake while the rest of the camp just does whatever they feel like - with staff members on duty, of course.

Anyway... I think there are some important things to learn from this idea:
  1. We all need to schedule a Lazy Day here and there - it's good for the soul.
  2. Lazy Days should be a reason to celebrate. We work hard, and it's such a simple reward.
I'm looking forward to it. I'll be up early on duty, but the chance to just kick back and relax for a morning "Among the Pines?" Priceless.

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