As many of you know, I live in the country with my husband David and several animals. My husband just turned 60 the other day and when asked how he wanted to celebrate he said "at the camp with my family and a few friends." (We are waiting for warmer weather.)
This might sound wonderful and it is, BUT let me tell you what “THE CAMP” is. Two years ago my husband purchased an old smelly “small” camping trailer. I was not sure I would ever spend a night in it. I am not fussy or hard to please, but it was so dirty I thought it had no hope. It had been used as a hunting camp for an old man up the road. Can you picture it now? Probably built around 1950!
It didn’t matter much to me since I was leaving for Kripalu that very weekend. I kissed David goodbye, not sure what his weekend plans were, but I soon found out! On my return I saw the cutest little camping trailer. All cleaned, patched up and painted. Better almost than a new one, because it filled my heart with joy to see something not worth keeping turn into something so lovely! It simply made me smile ear to ear. His love for our life together shined through. He was creating a getaway just for us or so I thought!
Together we hauled it to a lovely spot on our property just beyond the hay field near the woods. This little trailer snuggled up against the apple trees created quite a stir. Something magical began to happen! First one daughter and spouse, then another started showing up for a chat and a drink around the camp fire that made the little trailer look even more inviting. For some reason just sitting near the magical old trailer you felt completely peaceful. This was true not just for us, but for everyone who came near it.
Soon, if someone had a bad day, we could find them hanging out at “THE CAMP”. There is only silence there. No traffic noise unless a farmer plows the neighboring field. And that is a noise I love. You can often find me swinging in the hammock slung between two trees listening to the birds. Similar sounds at my house don’t have quite the same effect. I guess because it doesn’t have the little magical trailer.
It is a wonderful place for kids. My granddaughters and nephew love it except for a couple of minor problems. Once the 5-year-old nephew said “Uncle David, when I go camping I usually have a toilet and a TV”…none of that at the magical trailer. There is just good old fashioned conversation and lots of family bonding. You see others in the family often bring a tent and set it up next to the little freshly painted trailer. This always makes me smile. Magic for sure when something so simple can bring a whole family together and help them reduce the stress of everyday life.
For the 60th birthday party I already heard dibs being called on the various tenting spots. My husband will for sure have a magical birthday at “THE CAMP” with everyone he loves! I heard whispers of a possible tree house for the kids and ME!
Life is what you make it. This little trailer only cost $150.00, but it has given us a million dollars worth of enjoyment. Think outside of the box, as my husband did, and enjoy your summer too!
By Judith Geiger