After a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with my family, my wife and I drove out to Sound View to share some food and fun with the crew living at camp.
It was pouring down rain when we walked into a beautifully decorated dining hall, holiday lights in the rafters, with a spread laid out, lovingly prepared by Hayley, our amazing cook. Seated around a very long table were the AmeriCorps team, Goody and family, and Hayley’s dad looking quite content. They hadn’t quite started into dessert yet - waiting for the AmeriCorps guys to finish - living up to their natural ability to impossibly put away food.
The conversation was buzzing - plenty of laughter - just like what was happening at family tables across the nation. “Family” is really a product of the moment.
Earlier in the day, they had played some football (good to know that nobody got hurt - especially Goody) and later, enjoyed a relaxing day at camp - warm and snug - taking a break from the wonderful work that they are doing for Sound View during their six-week visit.
It is nice to have people at camp. It is especially nice to have them there to share this special time of year.
I am so thankful that Sound View Camp remains small, intimate, and welcoming with the ability to create the special times that we will always remember.