"We are, we are
Not your ordinary fami-mily
But we can all agree that
We are, We are
Close as close can be"
- We Are Family, Ice Age 4
There are (many) times in the ESP journey that I have been tired. Many times I have wanted to crawl in a hole. Many times that I have nearly called it quits. And why (many say) do I continue to do what I do?
There are times in life when immediate family can get tiring. Many times when you want to escape them. Many times you may even want to disown them (lets be honest, it happens with every normal family). But why don't you? Because at the end of the day, they are family.
ESP IS family. Really, they are. And this week it was so evident. At CTL it was the week for campers ages 16+ (many of them I have known for 10 years). Throughout the last 6 days I cannot begin to count how many times Finley was touched, coddled over, held, passed around, danced with & smiled at. Owen was high-fived, danced with, played with, hugged and given constant affirmation and affection. The beautiful thing about family is that they love unconditionally.
And now I get it, I understand the value of ESP and the love we show to each camper on a whole new level. Because each camper has a parent, grandparent or caregiver who longs for them to be loved.
There is simply no better gift than watching your child be loved.
And so we are family. And I continue to do what I do because we are family. Despite the stresses of this job, it is the family of ESP, the love they show and the lessons they teach me that keep me coming back for more... back to our crazy, assorted, unfeigned, unconventional, impassioned family.
"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10