Upon getting out of the car one morning (from time to time I bum a ride instead of walking or riding my bike...I know, sounds lazy...for me anyway) my husband makes a joke about dropping me off at day camp. The sign on the door of the Crystal says Summer camps - meet in park. And going to the gym, well, it's kinda like camp...fit camp...and no, I haven't graduated to bootcamp yet.
Monday through Friday I go to the gym early in the morning with a backpack that is far too big for me, though it doesn't dwarf me like some of the bags on the other kids. Inside, I have a packed lunch which is full of healthy snacks and, generally, a sammi that is prepared for me by someone other than myself...thank you to my darling husband. I brown bag it so that I am not tempted by the vending machines that line the walls of the lobby. The sign above says Stay Active Eat Healthy at the Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre. From what I've seen in the halls of this rec centre, the sign does not deter small children from begging their parents for chips, candy, and chocolate, but then again...they can't read...so it's not their fault. Dear parents, please think of your little ones and offer them an apple instead of the junk that they desire, you don't want them to end up like me (DISCLAIMER: My parents always offered apples, it was I who got addicted to junk food much later in life!) At least if the kiddies are at the pool, they're active. I myself currently suffer from episodic tantrums when I am not allowed to drink wine. What? I need wine, I gave up everything else I liked to ingest...and I am certainly active.
|Camp clown, nerd, and instigator...Suzie Spitfyre.|
On Tuesdays and Fridays, after my preliminary play time (i.e. sweating on some sort of cardio equipment) there's recess! I eat my snack of fresh fruits, veggies, or puffed crispy rice things that come in chip flavours because I am an adult and I can read that sign in the lobby...and you don't what to see what kind of hissy fit I would throw if I didn't have a little dill, barbecue, salt 'n' vinegar, or sour cream and onion in my life.
|The ninja shares his wisdom...hiiiiyyyaaa!|
My week days at Camp Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre are filled with free athletics, recess, guided activities, and lunch. And what do I do after breaking for a meal and before I go home? Well, I get to play on the computer and write ridiculous nonsense like this. Though all that I do at the moment seems like play, it has been and continues to be an unexpected and welcome education. My counsellor has guided me through both physical and mental challenges with such care and attention that I don't think I'll ever be able to express my gratitude for all that he has done. For me, summer camp has lasted for an entire 7 months, and I really don't want it to end...I'm simply not ready to go back to school.