Sunday, February 19, 2012

Quote Sunday

This is going to be the mother of all quote Sundays, so bear with me. Alright.

As I've been trying to figure out my summer, I realized that the thing I want to do more than anything in the world is spend it at the one and only Birch Creek Ranch. The first time I went to Birch Creek I had just turned 12. Look how darling little Jeannie and I were:

And honestly, it was the best thing I did that summer (which included my first trip to Europe). I'd never been around such excellent people for an extended amount of time. So I went back the next summer, took a summer off, and then went back for my last summer as a camper. There are so many incredibly valuable things I learned at Birch Creek, and so many stunning people that I got to spend time around. 
The "theme" or camp creed or whatever you will call it is a quote from Lowell Bennion. It's also the quote for today's quote Sunday:

“Learn to like what doesn’t cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different…different from you.
Learn to like work and enjoy the satisfaction of doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the songs of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.
Learn to keep your wants simple and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.”

This is something that is very important to me, and I don't know if that's because I have a tendancy to drift in the exact opposite direction or in spite of it.
When I was little, my family would always go up to the Bennion Teton Ranch (which, heartbreakingly, is now closed). The ranch was like a kind of family buisness. All my uncles, including my dad, spent almost all their summers there, as campers and then as counselors, Lorin was the horse wrangler for a few summers, my parents spent the summer after they got married up there my dad as a counselor and my mom as the cook.
I remember visiting and loving hanging out with the boys, and making mud pots, and milking the cows, getting the huckleberry milkshakes. But I think the things that were most important were the people I met. People I still know today, who are just so down to earth, and kind, and they are the type of people that I really want for role models. People like Kathy and Steve Peterson, who I will always have a special place in my heart for. Look how amazing they are:

 So I'm hoping I get to spend my summer at Birch Creek, being around extraordinary people, playing with teenage boys, working hard and spending some time getting grounded before I head off to college to be a (yipes!) adult.

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