It was the first time in a long time that I went an entire week without technology. The first little bit I was actually imagining the chime of my IM or the feel of my phone on vibrate, a phantom phone.
But once I settled in, it was kind of painful to come back to society. I missed my husband and children of course, but since I had one of my children with me:
I think I could have stayed another week. A few things came out of my experience:
1) I want to learn how to build an awesome fire. I think I am going to try to take the family camping, just so I can burn a huge fire. A man came with us for the week to help us out and he was like, the firestarter of the universe. One night I think we used somewhere around 60 logs for a single fire. It was epic.
2) I like teenagers. I was reminded of why I liked teaching, all the beautiful opportunities you have to actually teach something in a small moment and the very immediate reminder about whether it worked.
3) I like being around other women. We had our own cabin for leaders and it was so nice to just hang out sometimes.
4) I like working. If it seemed like something needed to be done, it made me happy to do it. I preferred cooking and cleaning to sitting in all cases.
5) Camp food can be awesome. Our camp director was the best meal planner, the way she organized food for 30 people without batting an eye (and with leftovers) was kind of crazy. We had Cafe Rio imitation chicken, we had a J-Dawgs hotdog (Costco hotdogs with J-Dawgs sauce), and a serious dessert every day. It is a miracle I only gained 2 pounds.
6) I love singing. I wish we sat around and sang with guitars more.