“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” Franz Kafka, influential 20th century writer
To wrap up week No. 5 of Adam’s Camp, I am so excited to include an essay written by 10-year-old Kylie Bennett that brings a tremendous wisdom and insight I never could:
I knew my sister was different from the time she was really little. She didn’t play or interact with people the way other kids did. As she and I grew older, I started to notice the stares. Some people looked at her funny. I almost wanted to say to their faces “so she’s different, so what?” Or “she’s a person, too you know. She has feelings also.” I still want to sometimes. When we moved to Colorado from California, nothing really changed in that way. The stares and funny looks continued. But something good happened. My parents found this place called Adam’s Camp. Adam’s Camp is a camp for special needs kids and their siblings. There, it was different. No more stares, no more funny looks. At Adam’s Camp, I felt I belonged. I wasn’t alone. The other sibs have the same experiences I do. It feels great to know that. Every year when school lets out I start counting the days til we leave for Adam’s Camp. I am always so excited to go to camp and always so, so sad to leave because every day of camp is so much fun. I used to be embarrassed by my sister but now I understand that she is special and I could not have a better little sister. She is so cool and so funny and has so much potential. Not everybody understands that but I’m lucky enough to be one those people who does and I’m glad Adam’s Camp does too.
Thank you Adam’s Camp.