this weekend was the youth group's fall retreat. they go for a weekend to a YMCA camp out on the eastern-shore side of the chesapeake. this was the second time i've chaperoned this event. i can't believe it's been a year, actually, since last time.
this year the middle schoolers were there, too - usually they go on a different weekend. i didn't really spend too much time with them - my direct interaction with them was pretty much limited to kicking them out of the senior high movie room and yelling at them when, after being instructed to wake everyone up on sunday morning, they were throwing things at the side of my cabin and hitting our windows with sticks. hooligans!
the new youth coordinator seemed glad to have me along (r couldn't go - prior engagement with the grounds committee). there were quite a few parents, but i think the kids like having an "in betweener" - someone that is not their parents' age, but not their age. i can relate to them a little easier.
one of the girls was talking about how much it sucks to be a teenager on the way home. i agreed - it does suck - but i also told her that there are some things that she will miss about it, that she should try to enjoy about it while she can. she couldn't imagine what - so i told her that at her age, she hasn't really made any choices that close any doors. there's more that i wanted to say to her about it, but she was riding in a different car and we were done with our pit stop. ah well. (of course, her main argument that my 26 was better than her 16 is that i can drink. she probably wasn't all that interested in my wisdom.)
the wide-open possibilities of youth...
in the car, with my giggly bunch of girls, i got to pretend i was 16 again, but only the good parts of 16. they probably thought i was terribly dorky, but they're good kids and too polite to say so. :-)