Our Executive Director Beth traditionally authors the monthly Wednesday’s Whim. She is on maternity leave, and we’d like to extend our congratulations to Beth, her husband Mitch and their 6-year old son Eliot, on the birth of James Oliver, on December 12.
In the spirit of new motherhood, my contribution to Beth’s “column” while she’s on maternity leave will be a short reflection on being a baby at Camp Stevens, having just celebrated my son’s first birthday (Genuine reflections on being a mother would probably take more brain power than any new parent reasonably has.)
Some thoughts on life at Camp Stevens as a baby:
- I have a theory that the reason that Jude has never been sick is because of all those extra sets of hands picking him up, helping him to walk, and patting his head.
- Jude is so loved. From the staff that was here last January when we came home with a tiny, terrifying baby, through the summer counselors who adopted him as an honorary brother, through the current staff, each and every one of whom Jude will reach out to and smile at, there are a whole lot of great people on Team Jude.
- We are so grateful to my mom, who watches Jude every Friday. And the staff is so grateful when my mom is traveling or otherwise unable to watch him on a Friday, because our weekly meetings are ever-more entertaining with a learning-to-walk-and-talk little boy wandering around.
- The first retreat center guest to ask to hold Jude was a man in his 70s in a tie-dyed shirt. There are Grandma-types who look right past him, and 11-year old boys who can’t get enough. It’s never who you expect.
No matter where this life takes our family, I will forever be grateful that Jude’s early years – and Trevor’s and my first years as parents – were spent at Camp Stevens.
Whim: “sudden idea.” This monthly post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!