Happy Friday! (or Saturday, or Sunday, or Monday… whichever day this gets to you).
If we are going to see your shining face this week for SPMC reunion, then by golly, we can’t wait for you to get here! Word on the street is that our projected, comparatively low numbers have taken a powerful jump in the past few days. If you’re coming straight from World Conference, props to you! If you decided last minute you really need Happy Valley and all the people who come with it in your life for a week, we are glad you saw the light.
We (all the staff at Happy Valley) have been working – I will gloat a little bit – extra hard this week to make sure everything sparkles for you when you arrive, even though this is “camp” per-say. It’s been a great way to introduce our interns to every nook and cranny of the grounds. Including, you guessed it, the garden.
Ah, yes, my piece.
We have plans for programming in the garden with the youth during class times this week, which the interns are going to get the chance to lead. At this point I think and hope they have built up enough passion for their compost and plots and learned enough from our sessions that they feel ready to pass on the love we feel in the garden to our precious youngsters.
Incorporated into our short gardening sessions will be the daily themes, because the best way to get the fullest effect of a daily theme is to apply it to many experiences.
I told you I was antsy for our first sprouts, and I can honestly say that day was one of exceptional joy. We walked into the garden and when Stanley was the first to reach his plot he exclaimed something to the effect of “EY! My stuff is growing!” and we couldn’t contain ourselves. Mikayla and Brickell’s seeds had sprouted, we spotted tomatoes on my plants, and the strawberries we had transplanted were healthier and bigger than before. We floated on cloud nine through the rest of our many chores that day.
At this point in this blog post, you are likely stumped by the lack of pictures. I agree. This is absurd and unheard of. Therefore, the first person at reunion to solve my iCloud struggles will hear the resounding praise of all those who appreciate a visual with such wonderful news as I have shared today.
One picture did make it through, however. And it’s this one.
Enjoy your week!