I was trying to come up with words earlier this morning to describe Zenith, and the culture that surrounds it, but it’s really difficult to ‘define’ Zenith. Boisterous, perhaps? Frank used the word outlandish in the Kahquah Family News this week, I like that word choice. Lunches and dinners are often characterized by the words CHUG CHUG CHUG CHUG, which, surprisingly enough, we haven’t really heard that much this year. I think, though, if I had to come up with one word, it would be: loud. But it’s not a bad loud. It’s the loud that lets you know that everyone here is having an absolute blast and they wouldn’t rather be anywhere else to finish up their summer.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we’d had quite a bit of rain over a 24 hour period. Check out the trenches that the steady running downhill of water carved into our driveway.
The rain persisted into yesterday morning, which cancelled a lot of our water activities due to not only rain, but thunder rumbling in the distance. There was no tubing, no kayaking, nothing…. so…. we busted out board games and bracelet making in the lodge, as well as some computerized Deal or no Deal in the Pine Room.
After the thunder had stopped for a reasonable amount of time, a few die-hards went out and played volleyball in the steady drizzle.
There was a completely empty beach, though, which we don’t see very often.
The Glee Major was uninterrupted by the rain, leaving Liz, Sarah, Jillian and Katie sounding lovely hammering out some harmonies to a song they’re working on. I can hear them through the floor of the office right now as well, and it’s sounding great!
At art major, I witnessed some very talented teens (and leaders) drawing, painting, sketching…. Sometimes I bemoan the fact that my best attempts at drawing often end in stick people and pine trees, but I suppose I’m artsy enough with words that it makes up for it 😉
Right before lunch, we had….. that awkward moment when you get so excited that it’s lunch time that you ring the bell so hard you pull it right off its stand…. but never fear, Paul Fletcher is here! He’s got big shoulders, and he hoisted one of the DiNunzio twins up onto them and they put the bell back in place, to be met by many cheers. The call then came from the porch, “Ring the bell!!” followed by another call… “GENTLY!!!!”
After lunch, the kids were split into two groups, one sent to the Chapel and one into the Underground. They were there to listen to two separate panels of our staff talk about their careers, how they got there, the paths they had to take, and any advice they’d offer to the teens as they begin to think about where they’ll be headed in the next few years. The teens were given an opportunity to ask questions later, and some asked some really insightful ones. It seemed like it was well received at both sessions!
A bit later in the afternoon, the clouds started to break away, and the sun even peeked through and joined us for the better part of the afternoon! It was very unexpected! We were able to send some kayakers out onto the water for some fun, while we were lacking both rain and thunder, so we thought we should take advantage of that.
Alongside of that activity, there were others… like bracelet making, which seemed to be a big hit…
and Caramel Chocolate Popcorn Making, which I’d have loved to get in on, but then my hands would have been too sticky to touch my camera…. darn.
After dinner, we had a giant game of Clue as the camp-wide activity. None of us knew who committed the crime, even Hillary who planned it, because she just divided the cards up into separate envelopes, and labeled them with locations, and one that said “solution.” All I knew when the four different teams came to me was that it wasn’t Matt with the poison at the campfire.
If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time at all, you’ll know that I just can’t get enough of Kahquah sunsets. Last night was no different, as I find the very best sunsets come after cloudy/overcast days where the sun has something to shine through and around as it dips behind the island. This morning we woke up to fog so dense that we couldn’t even see the island. Thankfully, it has burned off, and we’re able to enjoy a slightly overcast but completely functional day today.
As I was standing on top of the hill overlooking the lake taking pictures of the sunset, I could clearly hear the words “PUNISHMENT! PUNISHMENT!” being chanted from the Chapel. Apparently Liz ended up being the murderer in the giant clue game, and her punishment choices were a pie in the face or to walk the plank (the dock) into the lake. She wanted to go backwards off the dock, but waterfront director Alyssa would have none of it.
Before session, in typical P-Fletch fashion, we had a dance party in the Underground. Luckily it wasn’t 35 degrees outside like it was earlier in the summer, because dance parties when it’s that hot lead quickly to a really stinky, sweaty, disgusting Underground.
Following the Dance Party, Paul gave a solid presentation of the Trinity, from Creation to Jesus’ death on the cross, to present. He invited volunteers up so that his illustration had a visual. He invited three guys (Noah, Steve, and Dan) to be The Spirit, God, and Jesus; Sathiya to be Satan; Nicholas and Katie to be Adam and Eve; Daniel to be The Flesh; and Julia to be a child born into this world who has to wrestle between listening to the lies of the Flesh or the truth of the Holy Spirit. It was really impacting, even for me, and everyone was listening quite intently.
After Session, the kids filed over to the campfire pit in a not-so-orderly-fashion, where even from my Mom’s dining room, we could hear “SQUASH BANANAS! SQUASH SQUASH BANANAS!!!!” through closed windows. What a group.