Friday, July 02, 2004

I get to pick up DD from camp today! Hooray! I've missed the little darlin'. This was her 6th year in Girl Scout camp, and her 4th year at Camp Redwing. It's hard to believe that many years have gone by. I remember her first year. I was driving away near tears. And when I picked her up, she was hard to recognize. Sounds silly after only one week, but it's true. Next year she's talking about going for the summer as a CIT (counselor in training). Just take a knife and stab it in my heart whydoncha.

I hope she has some good photos...

Not much to write about today, so I went to the
Daydreaming on Paper site. My random prompt was "Name a time that you benefited from the kindness of strangers."
Funny, because that happened on our cruise. DS had lost his wallet in St. Thomas. He swore he had left it on the beach blanket before he went kayaking, but it was definately not there. We figured it had been stolen. AND, having the sense of a 15 Y.O., he had brought ALL of his spending money. This kid had cut lawns and worked soccer games all spring and had saved over $250. Gone. Well, we were fussing over this on the beach, and a woman came up behind us and asked if we had lost anything. Evidently, her daughter had been out snorkeling in the bay and had come across this wallet floating in the water. She wasn't there at the moment. Their plan was that she would walk the beach and keep an eye out for someone distressed. She was due back at any time, so her mom said just wait a few minutes.

Well, I told DS not to get his hopes up. When wallets are stolen, the cash gets taken and the wallet gets tossed. He would get his wallet back, but probably not much else. But lo and behold, up comes this dear girl with a very wet, very full wallet. We were astounded. And very, very grateful. Not only because she returned all of the money, but because it was Day One of our vacation and imagine vacationing with a grumpier than usual boy for the rest of the week. These folks were so gracious - wouldn't take a penny. Wouldn't let us buy them a drink. Just truly good people doing the right thing. We need to appreciate people like that in the world.

So - that's my story about the kindness of strangers.

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