June 21, 2021
Today marks the two-week mark since I dropped my daughters off at summer camp for just under 3 weeks. One of the greatest blessings while they’re away — they get to be completely unplugged. No phones. No social media. No email. Well, we can send emails to them, but their only communication with us is through good old-fashioned snail mail. But this means that one they actually have to take time to sit down and write letters home, and two the post office has to get the letters to us.
However, their camp does this wonderful thing: they take photos of the girls all day long in their activities and uploads everything — often thousands each day — around lunchtime and just before bed. This has meant that even though we’ve only received a few written letters while the girls have been away, we’ve been able to get a glimpse into their days through the photos.
When Charlotte, my 11-year-old, hit the bullseye on her first time at the archery range, I got to see it. I also got to see the night her whole cabin raided the costume closet for old prom dresses to have a “fancy” dinner, only to find out days later in a letter that it had been her idea!
When my Lily Catherine, my 14-year-old, quickly bonded and became friends with several of the girls in her cabin, I got to see the very beginnings of what I pray will be sweet life-long friendships. I also got to see her pure joy and laughter as she competed with her cabinmates in what I can only guess was some kind of backyard games Olympics.
These photos that camp shares each day are telling the story of my girls’ time there this summer.
Each of my girls took her own camera as well. You know I wasn’t going to send them out without the ability to take photos themselves. I’m so excited to see the photos they took too when they get home. And I’m already planning a project we’ll work on together in July to preserve all these memories captured in photographs by both camp and each of them that tell the story of their time there this summer. Stay tuned because I’ll be sharing more about that once they’re home.
It’s just about time for camp to start uploading the photos from this morning’s activities, so I’m going to go check those out.
What stories from this summer are you telling with your photos?