Happy winter solstice!

Merriam-Webster’s word of the day today is solstice. It was a good reminder that today is the winter solstice, and it is a happy occasion for me!

happy solstice

Express-News art shows how it works

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I LOVE CAMP. As a child, I endured school and lived for summer. It was the time of year that camp happened, with all of its fun and challenges and learning opportunities, and most of all, my true friends.

Camp was the place for me to be my true self, and be surrounded by the most genuine friendships I ever experienced. The things we went through together were opportunities to bond, from learning dances, to singing harmony together to the same songs, to striving to out-do each other in contests of wits and strength, to a zillion inside jokes that we all shared!

Winter solstice means camp is nearer

Only at camp: inside jokes for all!

You know you’ve got a camp friend when she has a nickname for her nickname.

So why is winter solstice such a happy day? Camp girls know it! It’s because from now on, days get longer! Summer is now on the way in rather than on the way out. 

It’s nearly time to get the trunk out of the attic, dust it off, and take inventory.

Come, summer, come!

To read how solstice works, refer to this story in the San Antonio Express-News

About the Author

Jane Ragsdale

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Jane Ragsdale (Mrs. Dick Howell) is the director of Heart O’ the Hills. She was a Heart camper and counselor, and served as program director from 1978-87. She has been one of the owners since 1976, and director since 1988.

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