38 Signs Camp Kesem Has Taken Over Your Life

38 Signs Camp Kesem Has Taken Over Your Life

Because falling asleep to Razzle Dazzle is totally normal, right?
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Camp Kesem, a camp for kids affected by a parent's cancer, allows kids to replace worry with fun for a week and just be kids. There's nothing quite as special as a week of gibberish songs, crazy games, powerful stories and meaningful relationships. Spending a week at Camp Kesem can really change a person.

1. Some of your biggest heroes are 6 years old

You never thought you could be so inspired by someone in kindergarten, but after seeing the strength and resilience of Kesem campers, you feel so lucky to even be in their presence.

2. You get strange looks on campus when you scream hello to your camp friends

What? Have you met my friends Pitchfork, Bucket and Window?

3. Your non-camp friends get annoyed when you can't stop talking about camp

"And then we put on the Whip Nae Nae and ... maybe you had to be there."

4. You constantly have camp songs stuck in your head

It's fine. You've gotten used to "Jellyfish" being your lullaby every night.

5. There's always that one kid who gets on your nerves - but they have a breakthrough

All I'm asking is for you to please not run away from camp today - do you think you can handle that?

6. You tear up just thinking about the empowerment ceremony

While the stories are heartbreaking, it's happy tears knowing how brave each and every camper is.

7. You wear your Kesem gear while traveling, just in case you run into someone from Kesem at another school

Knowing you're connected to a national network of the coolest kind of people makes you want to meet them all.

8. You dread the day you will have to watch EOTs yet again

Oh, so you're saying I shouldn't leave 5-year-olds unsupervised in the lake? Got it.

9. Your Facebook friends are probably annoyed that you keep asking for donations

Hi. Have you heard of Camp Kesem? Oh, you saw this yesterday? Well, you'll hear about it tomorrow, too. And the next day. And the next day, And ...

10. You're never short on ice-breaker activity ideas

"Nice to meet you, professor. Do you want to gather a group of people and hold hands and try to untangle ourselves?"

11. Knowing you're surrounded by your Kesem family helps you get through any difficult situation

You laugh together, cry together and dance together. Camp Kesem is the best support system in the world.

12. Camp Kesem has made you a better person

Camp Kesem is just one big lesson in compassion, understanding, patience, responsibility and friendship.

13. Trying to explain the magic of camp to others is impossible

It's kind of just like the greatest thing ever because, you know, it just is.

14. You force everyone you know to do Wow Pow Chow with you before bed

OK, Mom, what was the best thing you ate today, though?

15. Explaining your entire summer to someone means 99 percent of it will be about the one week of camp

Yeah, I went to Spain, but on the first day of camp ... .

16. There's no other student group you are more proud to be a part of

You believe nothing could possibly be as fulfilling as helping a child overcome their parent's cancer.

17. You can't listen to that Miranda Lambert "Little Red Wagon" song without thinking about a bunch of kids yelling at each other

"The front seat's broken and the axle's dragging."

18. Before camp, you never thought you would get up in front of everyone at the talent show

But next thing you know, you're on stage with your favorite people doing a ridiculous dance you made up without a care in the world.

19. When someone says Karl, you assume they're talking about a fluffy caterpillar

Oh, your name is Karl? But you're like -- a human?

20. You have almost accidentally signed an email "CK Love" to someone not in Kesem

That would've been a fun one to explain to your boss.

21. Unexpectedly seeing a camper outside of camp is always a blessing

Fate knew it couldn't possibly keep you apart for a whole year.

22. You take up every opportunity to hang out with camp people

Camp: check. Make the Magic: check. Debrief: yep. Volunteering: I'm there. Training: not even mad. Scrubbing the floor of the hockey arena: I can do that, too.

23. You never think you'll ever actually make it to your fundraising goal, but somehow pull it off

How in the world am I supposed to raise $500 when I only have like 27 cents in my bank account?

24. You can't make toast without breaking out into a rap

Toast definitely deserves its own rap, considering that's what you lived off of all week at camp. Just remember this pro tip: If it pops up too soon, push it back down.

25. You know camp friends better than friends you've had for years

You went into camp as strangers, but then you saw each other drenched in sweat and paint and mud with your haven't-showered-in-four-days hair, twisting your body into unnatural positions, all while singing gibberish camp songs, and there's nothing really more connecting than that.

26. You're amazed at how well your crew cleans up at Make the Magic

Wait, so this is what you look like when you've showered?

27. You get upset when you have to take off all your friendship bracelets

What do you mean 30 friendship bracelets on my arms and ankles isn't professional for my internship?

28. Campfire has become your new favorite scent

Nothing really brings you back to camp quite like the memories of sitting by the campfire, sweaty after a long day, taking in the night sky and singing songs.

29. You feel really old when you realize you have no idea what celebrities your campers are talking about

Who? Aaron Carpenter? You mean Aaron Carter? No? You don't know who Aaron Carter is?

30. You try to explain made-up camp games to your friends, but they just don't get it

"Well, basically, you run around with socks filled with flour and hit each other."

31. Your friends have accepted your made up vocabulary

Oh, a le le. A le le tiki tonga.

32. You wish it was socially acceptable to be as goofy as you are at camp every day

I guess starting out a class presentation with a "repeat after me" song isn't a normal thing to do.

33. You've tried to figure out how to become a professional camp counselor for the rest of your life

There has to be a way. We must find the loophole.

34. You find yourself looking at old pictures and notes and reminiscing about camp

Only 360 days until camp next year.

35. There are just too many things that remind you of camp


It's hard to even make it through the day without something to trigger your mind back to camp.

36. You love watching movies about summer camp

"What are you watching?" "Oh, this foreign film from the 1970s. It's completely in Portuguese, but it's about a summer camp."

37. Camp has made you even more motivated to fight against cancer

Cancer sucks and Camp Kesem won't stop until cancer is 100 percent cured, but giving kids a place to forget about worry and just be kids is a good place to start.

38. You can't wait to go back

Above all, you know Camp Kesem is the most special place on earth.

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80 Nicki Minaj Lyrics Perfect For Instagram Captions

"Yo, you seen my last pic, go double-tap that for me."
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Nicki Minaj lets the world know about her amazing Instagram skills in Beyonce's "Flawless," when she raps "Instagram another flawless pic." Do you have a #Flawless Instagram picture but need a clever caption to go with it? The Queen of Rap has plenty of Insta-worthy song lyrics.

*(Some lyrics have been edited to keep this article "PG". Feel free to look up the real Nicki Minaj lyrics if you hate the radio edit.)


When you want to diss a hater:

    1. "You couldn't get a fan if it was hangin' from the ceilin."
    2. "I'm throwing shade like it's sunny."
    3. "I'm in my own lane, you ain't in my category."
    4. "These (girls) couldn’t test me even if their name was Pop Quiz."
    5. "Yo, people will love you and support you when it's beneficial. I'ma forgive, I won't forget, but I'ma dead the issue."
    6. "Not that I don't got good vision, but I don't see competition."
    7. "I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. Come on (girl), you see where Brad at."
    8. "I look like "yes" and you look like "no"."
    9. "But if you're ugly it's a no text zone."
    10. "If you are my rival, then that means you're suicidal."
    11. "Shout out to my haters, Sorry that you couldn't faze me."
    12. "Trash talk to 'em then I put 'em in a Hefty."
    13. "Like I mean I don't even know why you girls bother at this point. Like give up, it's me, I win, you lose."
    14. "All these haters mad because I'm so established."
    15. "Competition? why yes I would love some."

















When you want to tell people how awesome you are:

    16. "If I'm fake I ain't notice, cause my money ain't."
    17. "You can hate me, but why knock my hustle? I'ma be the queen, no matter how they shuffle."
    18. "Let me make this clear, I’m not difficult, I’m just ’bout my business."
    19. "I'm feelin' myself."
    20. "Excuse me honey, but nobody's in my lane."
    21. "Put me on a dollar cause I'm who they trust in."
    22. "I don’t say “Hi”, I say “Keys to the Benz.”"
    23. "I've been hot since flip phones" "Running this game for 5 years. Guess that's why my feet hurt."
    24. "Hotter than a middle eastern climate."
    25. "My money’s so tall that my Barbies gotta climb it."
    26. "No, I'm not lucky, I'm blessed, yes."
    27."I ain't gotta compete with a single soul."
    28. "'X' in the box, cause ain't nobody checking me."
    29."Excuse me, I'm sorry, I'm really such a lady."
    30. "Honestly I gotta stay as fly as I can be."














When you're hanging with your clique:

    31. "Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel."
    32. "I’m with some hood girls lookin’ back at it."
    33. "We dope girls, we flawless. We the poster girls for all this."
    34. "Pretty gang, always keep them (boys) on geek."
    35. "The night is still young, and so are we!"
    36. "If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D, ’Cause we A-listers, we paid sisters."
    37. "Pretty (girls) only could get in my posse."
    38. "Cause we the mean girls, y-yes we so fetch."
    39. "We fresh to death, down to the shoes."
    40. "Ain't at no wedding but all my girls cake tops."
    41. "Got a whole bunch of pretty gang in my clique."
    42. "Clap for the heavyweight champ, me, But I couldn't do it all alone, WE."
    43. "Put your drinks up, It's a celebration every time we link up."
    44. "I'm with some flawless (girls) because they be mobbin' pretty."


















When you're hanging with your significant other:

    45. "He tryna kick it like a ninja."
    46. "He could tell that I was wifey material."
    47. "Ayo, I just wanna be your first go to."
    48. "You got spark, you, you got spunk. You, you got something all the girls want."
    49. Find me in the dark, I'll be in the stars, Find me in your heart, I'm in need of your love."
    50. "They holler at me, but it's you, you."
    51. "I'm not living right, I’m not living if you’re not by my side."
    52. "I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher and a fan, too."
    53. "I just wanna be your favorite."
    54. "He was the realest, I was the baddest, we was the illest."
    55. "I know you can save me and make me feel alive."
    56. "Yes I'll be your girl, forever your lady, You ain't ever gotta worry, I'm down for you baby."
    57. "Baby you my everything, You all I ever wanted."

















When you're single and loving it:

    58. "You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer!"
    59. "Thats why I'm crowned queen, and I ain't looking for the prom king."
    60. "I like independent, like July 4th."
    61. "I ain't never need a man, to take care of me."
    62. "He be like, "Yo, you so legendary", But he can tell just by my face he ain't getting any."
    63. "I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin."
    64. "I don't even brake when I'm backing up, I'll swerve on a (boy) if he acting up."
    65. "So many boys in here where do I begin?"











When you're just living life:

    66. "I never worry, life is a journey. I just wanna enjoy the ride."
    67. "Tonight is the night that I'ma get twisted."
    68. "I’mma keep it movin', be classy and graceful."
    69. "So make sure the stars is what you aim for, make mistakes though."
    70. "And we gon' hangover the next day. But we will remember this day."
    71. "My only motto in my life is don't lose."
    72. "Take me, or leave me, I'll never be perfect. Believe me, I'm worth it."
    73. "I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive."
    74. "I wish that I could have this moment for life."
    75. "If I scream, if I cry, It's only 'cause I feel alive."
    76. "I can't believe it, it's so amazing. This club is heating, this party's blazing.""
    77. "It's so amazing, I figured out this world is ours for the taking."
    78. "I am not a girl that can ever be defined."
    79. "I got next, I'm gonna shine."
    80. "This is my moment I just feel so alive."















Cover Image Credit: Nicki Minaj

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7 Random Thoughts And Deep Realizations I've Had As A Big Sister

Lessons that sisterhood has taught me.

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I've been a big sister for about 15 years now, and my little sister has indirectly caused me to think about myriad things. Here are just a few that others can surely relate to.

1. I basically got the beta version of Mom and Dad's parenting, while my little sister gets the release version.

2. I'm supposed to be my sibling's role model, but I'm a mess who has no idea what I'm doing. Surely there's someone more qualified out there.

3. I don't pick on my sister because I hate her, I pick on her because that's my God-given right.

4. It's not that my sibling is babied by my parents, it's just that they are treating me like an adult.

5. I'm told I was originally super excited to have a little sister, I wonder what changed. Like what could my sister have done as a baby or toddler that made me go, "no I'm pretty much done with you."

6. Where's my thank you for not making teachers hate my sister solely on the grounds that we're related?

7. Hypothetically, would I like you more if we were full sisters, or do I only dislike you half as much as I could since we're half sisters?

I wouldn't replace my sister with anyone else in the world, I can't wait to see what else she helps me to realize as we get older. She's slow to get the joke, stubborn and is a little tone-deaf, but she puts up with an overly sarcastic, equally tone-deaf me, and I love her.

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