Dear Franklin Families,
Day 2 is coming to a close. Believe it or not, we will return to school tomorrow around 1:30 hopefully. Your students are still in their Pali sweatshirts (once green, now a lovely dirt color). None of your children were tardy to breakfast which began at 8:00am. After breakfast, the children made their way to making and launching rockets, doing squid dissections, or completing the ropes course. We were so happy to see how supportive and kind the students were toward each other during their lessons. This was especially true when dissecting the squid when students were so willing to allow their partners to complete the dissection while they stood far away covering their eyes. On the ropes course, we watched students who you would never expect climb to the highest peaks and jump off (and yes they were harnessed in). So much fun!
The teachers are competing to see who can do the most steps in a day. We are all convinced that we are going to come back to school in the best shape we have ever been and in just three short days. It’s too bad walking up the hill has us all panting like dogs on a hot day. And because we are in a new cabin, we don’t have cookie service like in previous years (thus I feel justified in not attending camp next year!) The kids are loving the food, though I am pretty sure the eggs this morning were just the shape and color of eggs. No amount of salt could save the poor dears.
Lunch tasted much more like the food it was supposed to be so kudos to Pali staff. Round two of the classes occurred after lunch and all was well. After dinner, we had teacher time which is notoriously the time when kids cry because we remind them of missing their parents. Luckily we got away with only a couple tears (don’t worry Mr. Gonzalez’s terrific jokes snapped them right out of sadness). We decided it was better that they don’t go to the outdoor astronomy class after teacher time. We did not send the kids into the cold to stare up at thick clouds though some of them were terribly disappointed. Instead they are warm and playing games in the lounge.
See you tomorrow. BTW, many of your children showered. I can’t guarantee they used soap or actually rinsed anything but their feet, but the water did run. Pretty sure they brushed their teeth, but I have my protective distance in place, so I can’t be sure.
We will send our ETA as we get close to school.
If you are wondering, Ms. Flynn has fully recovered although our cabin’s temperature has fluctuated between Sahara hot and Arctic cold causing new and better issues…