I get ear worms all the time. The song that’s been in my head for days is ‘What Have you Done for Me Lately’. Don’t know the words, don’t know who the singer is, I just know the title and the tune.
Training for a BIG bike ride is tough. Mile after mile on a bike is physically challenging and boring and I’ll fix on anything that is a mental challenge. I twisted thing sup and started playing around with the concept of what Circle has done for me (I’m pretty clear on what I’ve done for Circle .)
After 20 minutes, I literally had to get off my bike. I was stunned at the remarkable list of what Circle has done for me. Sharing 17 years of camp weeks with Circle girls has redefined me and that’s saying something since I was 52 when I founded Circle. I’m 70 years old now and not a day goes by that I don’t receive another Circle gift. Let me share…
I understand that living honors loss.
I treasure my family.
I resolve to walk through life with the trust and
humor and resilience and courage and determination
of Circle campers.
I realize that a touch or a smile eases pain.
I accept that tears and laughter go hand in hand.
I embrace a world that embraces inclusivity.
I count 19-year-olds as friends.
I know that silly songs are antidotes to sadness.
I can live without air conditioning, a long, hot shower, a hair dryer, apricots and fig balsamic vinaigrette.
I swear by the 30-second rule and the disbelief of my home friends when I pick a grape off the floor and eat it.
I sleep better in a bunk at camp than in a bed at home
By the time anyone reads this, there’ll be a new song stuck in my head.
It won’t have the same impact as my current ear worm. Thinking about what Circle has done for me has been a wild, emotional ride. And, yes, I know that Circle is not about me. I also know that Circle is all about me…
Sandi Lando Welch
Founder, Executive Director,