Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Camp Was Awful till Diane Blew In

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Camp Was Awful till Diane Blew In

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Homesickness, like stolen candy, was something I knew I shouldn't have. But it weighed me down the first time Mom and Dad packed me up for summer camp. I was only 10, and as they loaded my trunk with crisp white sheets and folded T-shirts, my heart grew heavier, too.

I hid these feelings during the three-hour drive into Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. As we climbed the final hills to camp, Mom admired the fern-carpeted forest and Dad sniffed the pine- scented air while I sat silent, dreading what lay ahead: We'd cruise through the camp gate, park, and a dozen laughing kids would help unload the car. I'd get a handshake from Dad, a tight hug from Mom, and then they'd drive away, leaving me behind.

Homesickness is not about where you are. It's about where you aren't. At camp I learned to play tennis, swim, and square dance. I hiked wooded trails and sat Indian-style around roaring council fires, but I never stopped counting the days. After my second summer had been just as lonely, Mom and Dad begged me to go back one more year. "Three strikes and you're out," Dad promised, but to my surprise I didn't strike out. My homesickness vanished that third summer. That was the summer of Diane. Diane was not expected, and nobody at camp knew how to deal with her. Soon after she arrived, cesspools overflowed and the sailboat capsized. We hid in our cabins and tents all day playing cards. Diane was not an ordinary girl. She was a hurricane. "In the past 24 hours, hurricane Diane has dumped nearly eight inches of rain on the area," said a radio announcer, "making her the worst storm in a generation. At least one bridge has been washed away, and railroad tracks are twisted like spaghetti." MEANWHILE, back at camp, my pals and I occupied a large Army- surplus tent on a raised wooden platform. We lashed the flaps tightly shut and never touched the inside of the canvas lest we trigger a slow leak. …

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