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Lj Idol: Cocoa Butter Clogs - AS IT HAPPENS

Thu, Jan. 8th, 2009

02:02 am - Lj Idol: Cocoa Butter Clogs

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It was a wonderfully warm June night. My two cousins and I were crammed in a tiny dorm room at our summer camp in Raleigh North Carolina, hosted by the Governor Moorehead School For The blind. We'd just taken showers and were preparing to bed down by rubbing tons of lotion all over our bodies.

One of the houseparents stopped in on her final rounds to ask "so, are you homesick yet?" "No I'm not home sick," I replied "what kind of silly question is that? I'm here at camp." "Oh no honey, I mean do you feel a strong need to go back home, back to your mommy."

Hmmm, we had to chew on that one for a while. As it turned out, we were indeed quite homesick, so much so that the three of us began sobbing inconsolibly. As this continued, one of us geniuses said "but what if this lotion makes things worse! It's gonna give us a heart attack!" And even though this possibility scared us silly, we actually began rubbing the stuff on more and more vigorously.

Our insane cries eventually resulted in the return of the houseparent, and in the hopes of calming us down she forced us to separate for the night. "Ah, just go to bed!" she said.

I think the lesson here is simple: adults, if you're watching over kids, don't ask them unnecessary questions. If she hadn't come in there with the homesick comment, then we would have never imagined there was a reason to be. And there's something to be said for solidarity between us too; if one of us was sad, we all had to be.

This incident still gives us great amusement every time we recount it amongst ourselves. Neither of us cried or had any other issues during the remaining three weeks we were on that campus, though.

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From:chopper11
Date:January 8th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
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Wow, so true!
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From:johnmill79
Date:January 8th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
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lol Yeah, how I miss those days.
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From:creature_girl08
Date:January 8th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
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This could not be further from the truth.
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From:johnmill79
Date:January 8th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Yup.
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From:lsu_tiger_81
Date:January 8th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
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As a summer camp counselor I never asked the kids such questions... We always let them come to us with their issues of home sickness... That was a great story!
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From:johnmill79
Date:January 8th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
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I obviously hadn't even known what "homesick" meant before she asked, as that was my first time away. I wouldn't recommend that people ask that, as it will almost assuredly ratchet up a kid's anxiety. But this was in the late 80's then. I think people's way of thinking was slightly different.

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.
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From:baxaphobia
Date:January 8th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha. I never was homesick when I went to camp! I lived to get away!
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From:johnmill79
Date:January 8th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
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I was ok till she mentioned it! Had been afraid to go in the first place though because the sighted kids at my school had me convinced I'd be shooting at live animals and hanging from trees. lol Like they knew what they were talking about. I don't know what kind of camp they'd gone to.
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