I’ve Got a Little Desert in My Shoe…

Day #51

It is a dark and stormy night here in Fort Hope. The rain pours steadily outside, and for the first time, we have been treated to a small, but high intensity, thunderstorm. The sky went a particularly menacing shade of grey just before sunset and the wind picked up to a gale force. In the time that it has taken me to write these sentences, the storm has pretty much petered out, but it was nice while it lasted! Overall, the day here in Fort Hope was an exhaustingly hot 31-33 degrees. To top it off, a dusty stirring wind blew continually through town for much of the day. It was one of those breezes that really did nothing to cool the air. It was kind of like turning your car A/C on full blast immediately after getting in. If anything, the force of the warm air and dust pebbles hitting my arms made for an even more uncomfortable heat! Listen to me though…Complaining about sun and heat! I’ve spent the last month and a half bemoaning the cold, rainy weather her in Fort Hope. Yet now, as we finally experience some summer heat, I am complaining! I must be a Canadian…

As far as the camp day went…Things just kind of happened today…It was a ‘going through the motions’ kind of a day. Hopefully the kids didn’t really feel like this was the case, but it certainly felt that way for me. I think it was a combination of the heat and the approaching end of camp, but something just sort of zapped the energy out of camp for me. That being said, it was still a great day, and the kids provided me with an endless supply of entertainment, as usual!

The morning saw us continue our routine of ‘letter of the day’, gym, snack and crafts with our little ones. They are really starting to grasp our daily routine! They’re just about right on schedule, as camp is now almost over! haha…

In the afternoon we began to film the second video with our boys. This one has become rather convoluted and may end up making even less sense than the previous one, but I think that they are still enjoying the process of filming it! We’re looking at posting both of these videos to Youtube over the next couple of days, so I’ll direct you to the links when we get them up! Just for clarification’s sake, it will be the boys posting their own video, not me posting it for them! The title of my blog comes from one of my favourite kids at camp, Nygel. Nygel is definitely one of the more mature kids in our afternoon group and is often the one who keeps our activities on track. Today, as we walked away from the town sand pile, after filming, Nygel turned to me and said ‘it hurts to walk, wanna know why? It’s because I’ve got a little desert in my shoe.’ I didn’t quite get it at first, but when I realized that he meant that he had sand in his shoes, I turned to him and congratulated him on his imaginative phrasing!

After camp Courtney, Jenette and I headed out to ‘The Point’ where we proceded to enjoy a brief, but refreshing swim. The water is still rather cold, but I suppose I’ve just had to learn to tough it out! Following that, I headed back up to the school where I did my regular Wednesday night music sessions. Things went fairly smoothly, and I was happy with my evening!

Alright, the thunderstorm is officially over now, and I’m officially tired, so off to bed I go!

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