facsism is on the rise. nationalism is on the rise. racism is on the rise.
sometimes i just have a difficult time coping with all the shootings and the poverty and the fear.
what helps me is to go to camp.
yeah, going camping is nice, but i'm talkin' 'bout summer camp. with children.
for the girl scouts in particular, but it would work with any camp, i guess.
because when things are going to hell in the adult world, i like to retreat to a small enclave where i can talk to children about Being Good People and what that looks like.
it looks like taking turns. it looks like settling arguments fairly, with as little adult intervention as possible. it means not calling people nicknames they don't like. it means giving everyone a chance to try things and not criticizing them if they're not good at everything yet, or if they don't know things.
i get to work with girls especially and teach them how to use sharp tools and do experiments that require safety glasses and i get to take their concerns and their lives seriously. i get to help them negotiate practicing adult skills because, i tell them, one day you will be an adult and you will be glad you practiced this.
i'm a nicer person when i'm helping young people do things. i don't have as much time to ride my bike or go camping myself or read novels, but i can feel a little better about one little corner of the world.