Nine More Days.....

9_more_days.jpgIn just 9 more days I get to see some of my favorite people on the planet! A few of them are pictured here. It seems like only yesterday I was packing my suitcase and heading home after an amazing and exhausting weekend of Camp Widow. How can a year have passed already?

I remember thinking after last year's camp that a nice break from all the preparation was surely deserved by all of us, only to hear that Barb (SSLF board member and Camp Widow registration queen) had already started on 2011 registration. I remember thinking at the time that surely she was insane, and she is, but that is beside the point. She was completely excited about the next camp and running high on the energy from 2010. I couldn't blame her for being excited, but it seemed so far off. Now it's days away and I find myself wondering where the time went.

I also wonder about who is coming. Last year's attendees were fantastic, and I'm so excited to meet everyone this year. I know we have some alumnae coming back, some even as volunteers and it's awesome to think about. We come at some points because we need the support, and at others to offer support (usually both roles in the same weekend!). I love the instant rapport that I see in campers, and the feeling of community. The whole weekend is invigorating and a source of inspiration to me. The courage that it takes to come is what inspires me. Widowed people from all over the country (the world even) coming together to share their unfortunate bond. Most come alone, they may only know other attendees from their blogs or from online communities. Still, they pack their bags, fly to San Diego and take the chance, hoping that someone there will get it and they won't feel so alone. The best part is that more than someone gets it: everyone does. We're all on this path. We all get it. It's amazing and wonderful to experience.

This is my 3rd year at Camp Widow. I can't wait to get there. See you all in 9 days!!!!!!


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