She answered my big question- what is she eating. Turns out she likes southern cooking- fried chicken. I remember that fried chicken...Sunday mid day meal....my mouth waters and I want to lick my fingers. In her siblings note I learned she was not a fan of beanies and weenies...Pap will be disappointed. Funny- Sally and Peter loved baked beans.
I've always been a fan of mail, real letters. I know my hand writing isn't easy to read but I hope my readers appreciate the hand written sentiment. I read this blog a few weeks ago and knew I'd get to share it at some point as I reflected on Clare's camp life. This author does a great job and I find it refreshing to hear this sentiment from a teenager. I know a number of great kids that think like this but I know we all get pulled into the electronic world and the diversion, distraction, connection it offers.
The letter did indeed lift my spirits. Saying I was holding my breath, watching the mail box like a pot on to boil may be going a bit far but I do feel relief knowing she is good. The universe knew I needed contact as to make it all happier of days on Newark-Granville Road the camp photo posting page captured Clare straight on- full page- no need to magnify and guess is that she? Sure enough Clare with happy Blue spirit (Blue or Grey fun camp competition) arms wrapped around other girls- ahhhhh!! So I read about her happiness and saw it with my own eyes. And an email from a counselor arrived today as well giving me insights Clare won't- she is taking some leadership roles with flag duty and...guess what...mail call! Can you see why I love this camp- no electronics, bed inspections, chores, singing, time to be a kid, sleeping in a platform tent, swimming in a river, canoes.....yes if I could go back I would!
If you would like to mail a letter to Clare she can be reached at Camp Alleghany, Tent 24J, PO Box 86, Lewisburg, WV24901-0086 I doubt if she'll write you back...maybe a post card from the beach after camp.... All this mail talk makes me wonder....What mail call experiences do you remember? I vaguely recall CA's mail call- I can feel the heat of the day and have some memory. The big mail fun was Denison and our Slayter boxes....mail from home was such a treat. I wonder how much mail kids get today at college. I love the written letter, card and don't want to see it go extinct- I wonder what the camp or being away from home experience is on one's relationship with mail. Was it camp where I learned to value and appreciate this form of correspondence? I know our USPS isn't making money and has issues....my visit to the post office today sure shows it busy. Often I stand in line...I'm sure mail is declining-we don't mail as much from Work as we use to and of course we like to be "green" and save paper but there is a balance act and I hope we'll encourage one another and write to one another. All I know about mail for sure is life on Newark-Granville Road is all the better with mail delivery! I will sleep so very well!