The Lovely Daughter is making her first solo drive from North Carolina to Ohio today. She left a little while ago and plans to stay near Cincinnati with her cousin tonight. I'm sure that she is far too young! (23 on Thursday) for such a long drive on her own, but in honor of the challenge, here's a photo of her with her brother Josh at camp. He had just finished his first year of college and so was finally a full-fledged counselor, meaning that along with a co-counselor he commandeered a cabin of eight little boys each session. She had just finished 11th grade and was a staff-in-training, meaning that she spent a lot of mornings leading horses around a ring, and her afternoons helping out wherever.
When I was a little girl, campers were ages 5-13 and counselors were at least in college; there were no in-between SIT and intern years. Those latter programs have become a popular addition over the past decade; the SIT positions are filled by Christmas, most of them by former campers. The Lovely Daughter has been a camper (three years), an SIT (one), and a counselor (three more). She says that camp really feels like her other home.
Now I need to find something to distract my thoughts from that long drive!