When one of Hannah’s besties sends you a message (yesterday) asking if you could possibly write a short poem and then record it on your phone and send it to her along with some pics we may have of Hannah from her many years at camp (there are probably hundreds) so that they can add it to their video tribute they were making for Hannah in honour of her “Bat Mitzvah” year at camp last night (lucky number 13) but you only have a couple of hours to do it so you take several deep breaths as your anxiety escalates, put on your creative thinking cap and tell the negative self-talk in your head to shut the f-up just long enough to get the job done!
I have written many articles before about the incredible impact overnight camp had on me during most of my childhood and young adult life and how blessed I am that all three of my kids got to experience a similar journey of their own, making some of the most amazing friendships along the way. Camp truly became their home away from home.
Hannah is our last child still enjoying the AWE-someness of overnight camp as head staff at her home away from home and if it weren’t for a family trip we took back in 2011 where Hannah was unable to attend camp that summer and of course we will never forget the summer of 2020 when camp was sadly shut down due to Covid, this would have actually been her 15th summer away.
As I lie here writing this, unable to sleep, I begin to realize just how quickly the summer is passing by and knowing that it will most likely be Hannah’s final summer at camp before she begins the next chapter of her life I can’t help but feel a sense of emptiness in my heart. For Hannah and for me.
Mazel Tov on your “Bat Mitzvah” Hannah. I’m sure it was filled with just as many precious moments as your first one did 10 years ago and at least this time you didn’t have to study for it! Lol
P.S. she loved the video!
*in case you can’t open the video…here’s the poem below!
I can still remember how excited you were that first summer you left for camp,
You hugged us goodbye and hopped on the bus with a toolbox filled with stamps.
I can’t believe how quickly time has flown since that day,
And how much you have grown into such a fine young woman in every single way.
As you stand before your peers tonight to honour your Bat Mitzvah year,
Hold these precious memories close to your heart and always keep them forever near and dear.
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