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To my fYreflies!

To all of my fYreflies, the alumflies of 2011 (both Saskatoon and Edmonton):

Be strong, be brave, be safe! …and know that wherever you may go, you go surrounded by love!

Lady Gaga at Camp fYrefly!

Throughout the next couple of weeks I plan to share stories and video’s from Camp fYrefly.  Today, I figured I’d kick things off with a little fun.  Seriously, I alternated between laughing like a mad woman, and crying buckets full of tears.  My cackle became a bit of an inside joke between some of the campers, and I’m sure my tears did too.  LMAO

One thing I have to admit I didn’t expect was the huge level of talent amoungst (or is it amongst?  Right or wrong, as a Canadian I’m inclined to throw a U into almost every word with an O) the campers.  Sure, I expected there to be talent, but every single young person I met seemed to have some absolutely amazing talent.  Some were incredible writers, some were musicians, some were visual artists, comedians, improvisational actors, and some…  like Jesse, were dancers.

Jesse honestly blew my mind.  Holy crap.  Some talent scout needs to snap this boy up and make him sign a contract thus making them both rich.  And then I can say “I knew him when…”  Watch this video, and you’ll know why.

I wish I’d had one of my good cameras with me, rather than just my iPad.  But hey, talent is talent – regardless of how mediocre the equipment it’s captured on.  And Jesse?  He’s nothing but raw, unbridled, passionate, dance.  And all that energy, ready to burst out at a moments notice, is hidden beneath the most unassuming, gentle, sweet, and soft-spoken exterior.

Video Removed at the Request of the Camp fYrefly Founders. 

Sorry Everyone, You’ll just have to take my word for it.  Jesse is awesome!

Post-CFAB11

Well, I’m home and have had a day to process the whole experience.  And really?  The best way I can sum up Camp fYrefly Alberta 2011 is WOW.  Yep.  Just wow.

To use some WAY overused analogies?  The whole six days was just a whirl wind, an absolutely emotional roller coaster ride.  Overused?  You bet.  Accurate?  Hokey Dinah.  😉

I met some really amazing youth, who I know will go on to do some incredible things.  Artists, future politicians, humanitarians, writers, musicians…  Mad skillz folks.  Seriously mad skillz.

And me?  Well…  I cried.  A lot.  LMAO  And I laughed.  A lot.  If I wasn’t laughing I was crying (or close to it).  It was absolutely crazy.

I learned a lot, and had both positive and negative examples which I will be able to apply making Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan 2011 all the better.  I spent almost all of my time, fully engaged with the campers.  Listening to their stories, sharing mine, finding out what mattered to them…  and I’m so grateful that they all welcomed me so openly, with no reservations.  It really was an amazing experience, and I know I’ve made a few friends who will be there throughout my lifetime too.

I will try to share certain individual memories and experiences over the next few days, leading up to our Camp.  I had hoped to do so while I was at the Alberta Camp… but alas, the unexpected lack of wifi kinda put a crimp in that plan.  For now though, I just wanted to share a photo I took of my daughter today.  I had cut her hair the day I left for Edmonton, and didn’t have any pictures of her short do to share with everyone there.  So here she is, happy to have her mommy back (happy as I am to have her back):

Mommy's Little Treehugger!

Not much tonight…

I hope you can all forgive me.  It’s my last night home for a few days.  So I’d like to just be with my family.  No, blog posts don’t have to take a super long time, but I don’t want to be pulled away for more than a few minutes.  Tomorrow I’m off to Edmonton for their Camp fYrefly.  It will be a great experience, and I’m hoping to learn a lot before Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan…  a lot that I can then apply here (so that our camp isn’t quite so “trial by fyre… fly”).

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