August 31, 2007
Off to camp
The first week back on campus is exciting but exhausting, filled with all kinds of extra tasks, all while my body is getting used to getting back to the routine of classes and office hours and meetings. So it's nice that the week is followed by a long weekend. Already, I feel like I deserve a break.
We always spend Labor Day weekend up at camp. The river water will be warm from weeks of absorbing summer sunshine. But the nights will be cold, and we'll bring extra blankets to keep us warm inside the tent. We'll swim in the daytime, paddle the canoes through the marsh, and sit by a campfire at night. Shaggy Hair Boy and Blonde Niece will be frantically doing the summer homework that was assigned last June: school begins again for them on Wednesday. They've had all summer to do the homework, but naturally, they didn't start it until this week. My father is rebuilding his wooden sailboat, hurrying to get it done before winter. My husband and I will take long walks on the country roads and talk about our plans for the school year. On the bay, the geese will be gathering in big clumps, chattering and squawking, and acorns will begin to fall from the oak trees. Our Labor Day camping trip signals the end of summer.
Posted by jo(e)