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Why The Sun Has a Purple Tongue and Sunnyside’s Favorite Things

Before September is too far behind us, I wanted to be sure to post Sunnyside’s “favorite things” (see below) since they were the sponsoring cabin for the blog last month.  I received the clay sun you see here (which reminded me of Sunnyside!) as a thank-you gift at the ACA SE Fall Conference in Savannah 2 weeks ago, and the story that came with it made me think about how at camp it is OK to color outside the lines.  In fact, we encourage it!  (see accompanying photos)


One morning when my daughter, Cora Grace, and I were eating cereal, she stuck out her tongue and said, “Daddy, what color is my tongue?”  I responded, not paying much attention, “Cora Grace, your tongue is pink.”  “No, Daddy, my tongue is blue.”  That caught my attention.  I realized she was eating cereal pieces of the same color so they would change the color of her tongue.  I saw the game she was playing and started asking her, “What color tongue does Daddy have?  What color tongue does Mommy have? “  And so on, until we’d named most of the people she knew and the cereal was gone.

Then I said, “Cora Grace, what color tongue does the sun have?”  She thought for a moment then said, “Oh, Daddy, the sun has a purple tongue.”  Since then, most of the clay suns I make have purple tongues.  They tell me that we should be able to say, “Why not?’ instead of “That’s not possible.”  They also say that it’s OK to color outside the lines. 

Mud Dabber’s Pottery & Crafts (NC)

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Sunnyside’s Favorite Things

Susie: my 3 counselors (Sarah, Rachel, and Sam) who love to be and have fun; riflery was a new and fun experience for me; I love the homey atmosphere and the fact that everyone knows each other; I loved the canoe trip and how fun it was to talk that night with my tent-mates; archery because it is a hobby I have always loved

Sophia: playing with the goats in Farm Zoo, making new camp friends, passing levels in swimming and riflery, going to campfire

Lydia: cantering in riding, canoe trip campfires, getting to un-tack the horses, seeing old friends from camp, the cheering at Olympics

Ana Pau: tennis, riflery, and sailing, memories, friends that will be forever, Dan’s grilled cheese, Banquet and Birthday

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Isa: water-skiing around Sand Lake, meeting new girls and making new friends every year, learning more sailing skills and passing levels, trying new delicious recipes that Dan makes, growing from the inside and outside

Grace: Dan’s grilled cheese, canoeing (capsizing), Farm Zoo (bunnies), getting mail and packages, trotting in riding

Andrea: the feeling you get when you jump into the lake, hanging out with your friends, Dan’s chicken potpie, the sound you hear when you shoot a gun in riflery, accomplishing swimming to Cathy’s, EVERYTHING!!!

Claire: riflery, tennis, canoeing, Dan’s chicken patties, skiing during Rec Swim

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