About the play… it is hard to know where to begin. Might be easiest just to list the details and let you fill them in based on your experiences at the theater. Many of you go to Broadway shows, some of you support local shows put on by community actors, and one or two of you might actually have acting experience. I know some of you care deeply about the show’s details, others not so much! I’ll not use a lot of words, just give my observations.
The girls pulled it off at the last minute, as often happens in the theater, but this frantic accomplishment is happening that way in every activity and every cabin this week.
Time speeds up this week. Our focus is solely on each other. Hanging out with friends and grabbing some really great conversations in some really wonderful places. Summer houses are typically occupied (tiny little open air structures with opposing benches built in as part of the structure… big enough for 2-8 girls, but crowded with more than 4). Gazebos (bigger octagonal, room for 10). Benches (room for 2). Adirondack Chairs, stone walls, Bermuda grass lawns (the “soft” grass), bridges, and rock paths all provide venues for significant moments.
The girls are diligently completing their plane letters. Plane Letters are a camp tradition that began years ago when literally half of the camp would fly home. These flights frequently required the camper to leave early (like 3:00 AM!), not a good time to say goodbye… so the departing camper would be given letters from her friends. These letters were not to be opened until she had left the gates of Greystone. They were always heartfelt expressions of love and appreciation and often led to grateful tears when opened. It became a tradition and continues even though relatively few campers fly on their own.
I got several plane letters at June Camp… quietly slipped into my hand or dropped off at my desk while I was out. This is the way of these letters… we don’t want to talk, just do this little thing. A letter I received last year said it well: “I feel that I can be myself at Greystone and the friends I have are ones I know I will keep for the rest of my life.”
We are so grateful to have shared this month with your girls. They are delightful and we are proud of the way they have grown. They have filled our world with salt and light. Thank you for letting them come to camp.