|Sunrise in Maine|
Whew, it's been a while since I updated. Well, not that long, but it feels like it, especially here on the internet, where everything moves so fast. And, I think, because so many things have happened to me in the past few weeks.
As I mentioned earlier, I was on vacation in Maine. Specifically, I was volunteering at a camp that I've worked at and attended for many years. I met so many nice people and did a lot of work. We were very, very busy, getting the camp ready for the summer sessions and welcoming the campers.
Some of the things I did: I painted a bathroom yellow (see photo below) which is harder than it sounds! The hardest part was making sure the paint didn't go all over the place, like on to the new shower. I also helped move food onto the island and some new mattresses for the beds. That's the tricky thing about an island: Everything has to be brought over, and it usually involves many boat trips, and walking up and down the docks. The last week I was there volunteering, the camp was in session, so I helped out in the kitchen, making breakfast, lunch and dinner for thirty people. But even when the work is hard, somehow I still had a lot of fun. I think it's the people. Everyone who volunteers there is so nice, and when you spend all day working with someone, you tend to become friends very quickly. In fact, I think sometimes working with someone on a difficult job, like washing dishes, strangely makes you better friends. Maybe it's because you have to cheer each other on to get through it, and then when you're done, you have this great sense of accomplishment that you guys - and only you - share.
|Bathroom I painted|
Well, that, and the fact that so many of the people that go there are truly amazing. For example, my friend, Barb, whom I met years ago while volunteering, picked me up to take me to the airport. On the car ride, Barb told me all about the thing she had done in the past year: taking a trip to Cuba, acting as a parent to a college student who had come to Maine from Wisconsin, befriending the hockey team of her local college. I was amazed to hear about how full and busy her life was. I hope I have that much going on when I'm older.
And now I'm going to share some pictures, even though I just ranted about how other people might never really understand the how special a place is. I think you'll get a pretty good idea from the pictures. If you would like to find out more about the camp and its programs, you can do so here.
|A boat ride|