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24 August 2010 @ 10:52 pm
Stony Brook has been a really great experience in my life; I have learned an incredible amount from working at a summer camp like this. I have also learned (or re-learned, as the case may be) much from my colleagues.

Today was the staff party at Tara's after work. It was brilliant. Took a nap on the Stony Brook cot before the party, parallel parked at Tara's (she commented that I got the 'best parker award' for voluntarily parallel parking where she had encountered difficulty leaving the spot), joked with Myccorhizae & Dragonfly & Tara and waited for the gang.

Myccorhizae was different outside of the camp environment and it was delightful. Joked and frolicked with Princess Pine and Fin, as always. Hugs with Clover. Conversation and laughter with all. Lots of innuendo and so many smiles. It was beautiful.

I was reminded how freely I move throughout the various groups within even our small work force - I feel comfortable with Dragonfly & Myccorhizae, with Monarch & Clover (our lovebirds), Fin & Princess Pine, Tigerlily & Willow, with the CITs... I am so thankful for my ability to move about within social circles that in some cases feud with or ignore other circles during the brief brushes.

'Doug' came on. All the counsellors and the CITs went running for the TV to watch a show that used to be on during our childhood. I snuggled with Princess Pine and Fin; it felt so good to have human contact again, the one thing I've been missing about Stony Brook vs Rowe (where everyone constantly cuddles - but we're teenagers and up there).

Fantastic night. As frustrating as camp can be, I'm going to be sad to see it end and watch all these new friends of mine disperse to various college or non-college locations.

If I'm honest with myself then I acknowledge that I didn't intend to make new friends this summer. If I'm extra honest with myself, I concede that I made many friends, some that I now consider great friends. We'll stretch and diverge with summer's end and school, but I am thankful for the times these new friends have given me. I feel incredibly lucky.

My first copy of National Geographic came today. My fort is calling for me. Time for some reading, perhaps a little letter writing and sleep. (: Tomorrow is another day.

Sweet dreams!