This is a bit late because I had a hard time with this challenge; there were a lot of things that came to mind. What I finally decided on was my first time at Girl Scout Camp. These humid summer nights remind me of my time at Camp Ken-Jockety. We would go to the bathroom in the dark with only flashlights, we had campfires complete with singing and ghost stories (my favorite!); we went swimming and I made a lot of friends. The beginning of camp was rough for me because my father was threatening my mother at the time, and I kept thinking I had to be at home to protect her, so I was really homesick. That’s why one of the camp counselors has a blue “H” on her forehead. When I got home, I was so mad at her I wrote on her face and colored her lips blue, lol. She was (I thought) very tough on me — I was so scared and she basically told me to get over it. By the third day, I mostly had, but I never forgot the way she treated me.
And yet, if I could go back, even with her as a counselor … I would go in a heartbeat. I wish I could go back. It was a great experience and sometimes when I sit outside at night and listen to the crickets or smell wood burning, I remember my experience there.
So for the nostalgia theme, I present my official camp photo from August 1981; it was taken the last day we were there. I’m the girl in the first row, fourth from the right — the one squinting, wearing a Mickey Mouse tank top and a goofy grin. The handwriting is my Mom’s. 🙂
And here is a little “clipping” I found:
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