robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

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Once upon a time...

I worked at a camp. I chose wisely -- well, for a teen. I went through the 'find a camp to work at' book (or something similar), and picked the ONE (yep, only applied to one) that was on an island. After all, I live in Colorado -- I didn't need one in the mountains (which included all the others -- except those in Iowa or Kansas, and well...not for me).

I ended up being chosen for their new program of high school leader -- which meant I worked with teens. Great! Of course, I was still 19 myself, but....

This is what I learned, in no particular order:

- warthogs are not shy (and they smell when they put their snouts in your face at six in the morning)
- mysogeny comes at any age and image (even good-looking 22 year olds)
- you can walk (and run and hike, even) with a broken big toe
- yellow jackets can be killed right out of the air
- having a spider crawl across your face in the middle of the night (a large spider, mind you) does NOT always cause a heart attack
- having a good tan doesn't necessarily hide the fact that you've gained ten pounds
- standing up against aforementioned mysogeny is a real high :)
- I am not a good swimmer; almost drowning sux!
- there's nothing better than a Colorado thunderstorm

Why am I thinking of this today? Not quite sure...but waiting brings all kinds of things to mind -- including ten weeks on Catalina the summer before I turned 20.
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