Time really just seems to fly and stand still all at the same time. We say it all the time at camp (and I probably say it here a bunch as well): “The days are really long, but the weeks go by fast!” Days like today (though most days at camp) just seem to go on and on and on. I suppose the fact that this morning started at least an hour earlier than normal was probably a contributing factor. I had to get up early to go down to the river and meet the riding staff and a bunch of kids to go swimming on horseback. They do this a few times every summer, and this week we are doing it twice. This morning started pretty grey, but it wasn’t bad, and it cleared pretty nicely.
It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the summer already. We have been at camp for twenty-some-odd days and there are only twenty-some-odd days left of camp. Next weekend is Parent’s Weekend. That is always the most exciting weekend of the summer (I say that in quite a facetious tone). Some of us look forward to the prospect of getting gifts from parents as tipping is not allowed. Some think that it is a great time to network with parents many of these parents are pretty prominent people.
No matter how you spin it though, Parent’s weekend is the biggest show that camp puts on. We start buttering up the kids a week in advance. This past Sunday it all started with a breakfast of waffles and ice cream. Oh, we also finally got a protein at breakfast that wasn’t eggs this week as well. I don’t know if it really works, maybe on some kids, but most I think are smarter than that. It is just interesting that we allow Parent’s Weekend to be as disruptive to the program as it is. We can’t really, in one week, make the summer any better than it is. I think we are pretty much in the groove.
Don’t get me wrong, it is a good summer. It seems like the kids are having a good time. The staff is having a better time than they should (or something like that). The oldest boys seem to be having a ball most nights, running around pulling pranks. I hope they come up with some creative stuff. They have managed to not be destructive which is good. That is what camp is about, so I hope that they continue to find creative things to do. I have some ideas that would take a little bit of work, but would be amusing. Gotta keep things exciting.
This is the point in the summer though where everything speeds up. It is like being in a car with no brakes and a stuck accelerator going downhill. We will be at the end and it will seem like we just started and yet it will seem like we have been here forever. It is like living in a timewarp, the best one there is.