- I don't think my sense of humor would be the same if it weren't for Teddy. Teddy never had to think about what she was saying and it turned out that she was pretty funny, even when she wasn't trying, or maybe ESPECIALLY when she wasn't trying.
- I know with 100% certainty that I would not be as schedule oriented if it weren't for Teddy. In the early years, Teddy could schedule a week of activities for about 40 girls divided into about 4 or 5 groups and coordinate 2-3 staff and supervision with an ease that I didn't know possible. Later, Teddy could schedule a week of activities for 90+ girls divided into 10-12 groups and coordinate 20+ staff, not always with ease, but always with Teddy's sense of humor.
- I would not be as courageous if it weren't for Teddy. This one took awhile, those of you who knew Teddy in the early years, probably remember a girl who froze in a canoe when a girl needed help or took her life jacket off in the middle of a lake. Later, Teddy, while still not a fantastic swimmer, would be canoe instructor, archery instructor, and many other things. This courage that Teddy earned helped get me where I am today. If you could ask the 18 year old in the canoe if she thought she would move to a place where she knew no one, she probably would have laughed and maybe cried a little bit at the thought. I also conquered my fear of getting on those horses too, which by the way, was more of a fear of falling off the horse than the horse itself.
- I would not have the fabulous network of friends that I have now if it weren't for Teddy. The best part of camp friends is that no matter the time or the distance apart we could all be put in a room together and share endless stories from those summers together like they happened yesterday. I can be sitting across the dinner table with my friend Betsy and her mom and suddenly we are Oscar and Teddy again, with a table full of girls around us, hoping not to get caught throwing ice at each other. I can be sitting at a table with a bunch of my friends at Lindsay's wedding and suddenly we are sitting around at Pre-camp laughing about the new staff, the ones who are still wearing make up, or the old staff that didn't make it, like the kitchen aides that packed their cars up during a thunderstorm and we never heard from them again.
So, to Socks, Neon, Poptart, Oscar, Malibu, Delta, Disco, Simba, Zippy, Fig, Cupcake, Speed-o, Tiger Lily, Rambo, Sniper, Tweety, Rocky, Sunny, Sarge, Fritz, Rue, Ron, Blu, Bunnie, Turtle, Swoosh, and the many, many others, thanks for helping Teddy figure out who she was, so that I could figure out who I am today. (By the way, don't be hurt if I didn't list your name. Fifteen summers plus about 30 staff each summer is about 450 STAFF members that I worked with, plus the 1000s of campers. My brain just couldn't possibly remember them all. )