Waking up to quiet, live music is definitely my favorite way to wake up. It’s calming and yet you know that if someone is playing music, quiet hours are over, and if quiet hours are over, breakfast is soon, and if breakfast is soon, you realize that you’re hungry.
So it was on day 2 for me. I had to choose between the cozy warmth of my sleeping bag and the promise of some sort of food. Food won out, but not quickly enough that I was anywhere but the back of the food line. (I did get food in the end.)
Later in the day, we had the first project slot. I had decided on “Play In The Field” with Christian. There was a lot of running and slamming crates into other crates (carefully, I swear!) and everyone got quite hot. I rolled up my pants, drank copious amounts of water, and played every game thrown my way.
Also on that day was my workshop, which had a higher turnout than expected. There was some great conversation and great questions and it was a successful gathering. Having people come to your workshop is one of the best feelings at camp. You know that they came because they’re interested in whatever your idea was, and that’s very fulfilling.
After my workshop I had to hurry over to the staff healthy sexuality panel, which is probably one of my favorite conversations of the entire week. Both years that I’ve been here there have been interesting and useful questions and answers and stories and I’ve always come away fascinated.
Finally, the evening activity was Bonding Night, which is really wonderful. The best part for me is the anonymous hugs. There’s so much trust given by closing your eyes and just standing there while people come to hug you, and everyone takes that trust and hugs you so carefully and so well. It’s sweet and calming.