After the morning sessions, the families headed back into the parks...
(written by Children's Counselor, Meg Hill)
This morning the kids' counseling sessions included many awesome activities, one of which I can't share with you because it is TOP SECRET! But I will tell you that our topic today was how to deal with anger and sad feelings. One way that we (the counselors) help kids understand healthy ways to deal with frustration is to talk about volcanoes. Two ways things that we want to avoid are volcano explosion (like when angry people take their anger out on others) or volcano implosion (like when people are depressed). The way to best way to get anger out is by letting steam off and venting to prevent volcano problems.
What a wonderful memorable first day!!! Everyone woke up and had an amazing delicious breakfast and superb service at the Doubletree Guest Suites...we are sort of celebrities here :). After breakfast we had great sessions with the children as well as the adults.
Tomorrow, I will have the honor and privilege of welcoming 16 families from all over the country to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. These families are coming from Arkansas, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Connecticut, Indiana, Tennessee, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Ohio, and Iowa.
I spend a lot of my time these days out at a baseball field cheering on my seven year old son and his all-star team, the Stingrays. I enjoy watching them play and cheering them on. One thing I do NOT enjoy is the unbearable heat that comes with June in Atlanta, GA. There is certainly a reason people have nicknamed this great city "HOTlanta."
I am actually NOT complaining about the heat. It is fine. I have great perspective after living in Minnesota for 7 years. Truly I would rather sweat than freeze any day of the week. However, in the same way it is essential to take cover indoors when the Minnesota temperature plummets below zero in January, it is equally as essential to take cover in shade when you are out in the 100 degree temperatures of June in North Georgia.
I live in Atlanta, Georgia. Home of the Braves, high temperatures, and southern hospitality.
I love hospitality! In fact, I think if you quiz my closest friends and relatives they would tell you that hospitality is in my blood. I enjoy having guests in my home for dinner or for weeklong visits. It is a joy to feed them a meal (or meals), take care of their needs, and make them feel very welcome in my home. It makes me smile just typing about it.