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Happy Camper

I’m so envious of Catherine. Yesterday, she started her second year as a counselor-in-training at the ESF day camp here in Greenwich and she’s already having a ball.

For this week at least, she’s with “mini-camp” — 12 3-year-olds! (She’ll get moved to other ages through the summer.)

She spent yesterday having tea parties, packing up scribbled-on pictures to bring home to Mom, helping take the kids “visiting” around the camp, reading a story about a big potato that had a lot of friends, stopping one girl from painting the walls, corralling the curious campers who tried to sneak out the door, and running interference during lunch and snack time.

Already she’s smitten with each and every one of them — even the kid who steadfastly refused to clear his snack plate since Mom doesn’t make him do it at home.

Catherine with Kelley at the Mead School Child Care Center in Stamford, 1998. Kelley and her colleagues gave us enormous peace of mind as we slogged off to work each day. Catherine loved her home away from home; now, with her eye on a career in early childhood ed,  she's preparing to pass those lessons and love on to some other kids.

Catherine with Kelley at the Mead School Child Care Center in Stamford, 1999. Kelley and her colleagues gave us enormous peace of mind as we slogged off to work each day. Catherine loved her home away from home.  Now, with her eye on a career in early childhood ed, she’s preparing to pass those lessons and love on to some other kids. Her stint as a camp counselor in training is laying the foundation.

She’s definitely in her element; working with kids seems what she is meant to do.

Hearing her stories from the day, I can’t help but flash back to when she was little. She worried a lot then about what she would be when she grew up. “How will I find my talent?” she used to ask. What a joy to see her discovering it.

Her most lasting image from the first day of camp? The little boy who cried during snack because his banana was “closed.

“Could you unzip it for me?” he asked Catherine. Of course she did.

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About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Happy Camper

  1. I was a counselor when I was in highschool, I loved it 🙂

    Posted by Foodie in WV | July 2, 2013, 1:35 pm
  2. please keep porn off the internet. you are a self-respecting member of the greenwich community from a fine family. talk about unzipping toddlers’ bananas belong in the toilet, not online

    thank you guardians of purity

    Posted by bobdorf | July 2, 2013, 8:48 am

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