An Open Letter To My Camp Friends

An Open Letter To My Camp Friends

I'll never forget this and i miss that... i'd go back in a heartbeat

The time at camp is nothing like it is here back at home

and i'm sure you can easily identify with that

life here is crazy and jam packed

i miss the times where it was Monday morning and we would all be waiting at the drop off zones for the kids that were going to be with us for the next week

i miss the times where it would be Thursday morning and all of our kids are yelling and screaming and we're dreaming about coffee

i miss the Friday night bonfires where we would hear everything that our kids learned through out the week

i miss the baked oatmeal that was oh so scrumptious to my belly

sometimes i wish that i could be back at camp where is was crazy... but crazy fun

sometimes i sit in the cafeteria on campus paranoid that someones going to make me ride a broom into a lake

sometimes i wake up wondering whose vomit i'm going to clean up tonight or whose blood sugar needs checked

and i honestly miss that

life at camp was hard, but the memories will never be forgotten

ill never forget my support staff tackling me in the lake

ill never forget the stupid kitchen staff dumping my mountain dew jug out

ill never forget the movie runs on Saturday's

ill never forget that look of pure evil in some of the campers that wanted to throw me into the lake

ill never forget the undeserved love that i received from the boys assigned to my cabin

ill never forget the God moments

ill never forget the bonds that i made with my high school boys

ill never forget the guy in my cabin that accepted Christ outside the animal barn

i'd go back in a heartbeat

but God has me here, back at home

so as an encouragement to my brothers and sisters who served with me this summer

enjoy where you are now

i understand it is hard

i understand college life sucks sometimes

but God doesn't make mistakes

always remember that.

I miss you all.

In Christ,

(Counselor) Isaac Anderson

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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