The nervousness. The anticipation. Getting off the bus, excited to make new friends and worried you won’t. Ready to be away from family, but knowing you’ll miss it. And then the sight of it all – wow! It seems like you’ll never know your way around this beautiful place.
Within hours you’ve made new friends. Within days you’ve learned all the different routes to get from the boating dock to the tennis courts. You’ve discovered raspberry bushes. By the end of your first week your friends feel like family and you’ve tried activities you never thought you would try: acting in a play, making pottery, water-skiing, carrying a canoe on an overnight trip and an overhand serve at tennis, to name a few.
By the end of the summer your mix of feelings re-emerge. So grateful for your new friends and so sad that you won’t get to see them everyday. You vow to keep in touch. You hug. You cry. And smile.