December 19, 2011

Graduation Memories

On the last day of camp, the winners of the long-awaited color war, Mariners & Pioneers, are announced. For the past five years, I have cried on this day. The amount of work, stress, tears, lack of sleep, screaming, and joy that went into that game is gigantic, and it all comes down to one final moment-will we win, or will we lose? On that day, three hundred sets of ears listen intently. Three hundred people hold their breath. Waiting for the words. The final decision. The words that will end the summer for us all. The words we’ve all waited for since last year. The words that we yearn for and dread simultaneously. 

“And the winner is…” she announces. And just like that, one chapter in our lives has ended, only this time, allowing another to begin…