Memories for a Lifetime

It is funny how we remember a lot of details from our childhood while we forget plenty of things that happened much more recently. One reason for why this happens is that pleasant memories tend to endure longer and it’s fortunate to be this way because these are the ones that we cherish for a lifetime. Summer camps are some of the most special events for children, and projects such as Camp Chateaugay are a fine example of how dedicated people make sure that the kids always leave with pleasant memories.

One thing that makes this camp special is that you can’t possibly get bored, no matter how much time you spend here. The reason is that the ones in charge make sure that the little ones have unrestricted access to great equipment, highly trained personnel and outdoors activities that will keep them entertained for weeks. It comes as no surprise that when the summer camp comes to an end, many of them are already melancholic and are already thinking about the next year.

Sport events keep their competitive spirit alive and the fact that the kids are engaged in diverse activities that involve children from different camps helps a lot. Water sports are always among the favorites for children of all ages, and it’s refreshing to know that this camp is offering the very best water related activities. It would be quite a shame for the kids to miss out on the extraordinary opportunity of exploring the surroundings, especially with the Adirondack Mountains in the close vicinity of the camp.

There for Them

Contribution by Stevie Kirby

Even though they’re grown I really want my kids to know I’m still there for them. My daughter tells me she’s really fed up with how much I’m sticking my nose in her business but you know, she’s got three of my grandkids and there’s something to be said for grandparents’ rights, you know? I really want to make sure they’re growing up right. My son is a little easier to get along with because he doesn’t mind when I come to his house and do his laundry and when I tell him to look into Dallas electric companies to change his utilities – probably because he’s single.

I can’t imagine what kind of girlfriend or wife would want their man’s mom doing all that! I know I need to let go but ever since my husband’s death I’ve been really worried about my kids and making sure I do all I can to ensure they have healthy, productive lives. I know I need to butt out more and that I’m going to wear out my welcome soon enough but you know, there’s not a lot else going on in my life and I really feel the need to stay ultra involved with my kids or I won’t have anything else. My daughter has been encouraging me to get a hobby and even to join a support group for widows but I don’t know – right now I don’t have the motivation to do anything.

I think I may get a dog and hopefully that will help but at the end of the day I think I’m just a concerned grandma and I really want to make sure my kids know I’m there for them if anything ever were to happen. I don’t want to drive them away but I surely don’t want them feeling alone in the world or with their problems which is why I probably insert myself in situations I don’t belong in.

Toilets, Water Closets, Comfort Rooms and the Loo

When traveling, it is important to be familiar with your destination’s culture, including, sanitation practices. Since you can’t possibly stay without having to go at least once, you need to know how they do it beforehand.

travel toiletsEven the terms used to refer to places where you can urinate are complicated. Some call them CR to refer to a comfort room, while others will call it WC as in water closets. It’s a good thing that if you really need to go, you can just play a charade, even in a foreign-speaking country, and you will be pointed the way.

But come prepared so as you don’t get shocked when it’s time for you to use one of those facilities. The internet is a gem when it comes to getting information such as these. Check out the style of the toilets in your destination, including what it is commonly called. You can even see pictures from the internet so you can really sort of familiarize yourself. Some will have it like a throne, similar to what is common in the US, while some will have it on the ground.

Different countries will also have been different “washing up”. Some will do it with water while others will do it with paper. Observe the disposal practices, too. If they throw it in waste baskets, there’s probably a reason, and it will be most likely related to clogging the drains and flooding. You should observe the same, as a way of respecting the countries’ culture.

Always bring your own toilet paper at least enough to last you until you get settled. Don’t ever rely on the facilities having the kind of toilet paper you will be comfortable with.

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