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.

Goody and the AmeriCorps NCCC Team

Goody and the AmeriCorps NCCC Team

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!