BC: See you next summer!
FC: Mac Montgomery | Summer Safari 2012
1: This is a reflection of the summer I spent with you. An overview of all the laughter we shared, the new friends we made, and the happiness I know I found (thanks to you). I was so nervous you wouldn't like me, and you were not sure what exactly was going on. It didn't take long for me to catch this smile though. I realized that you weren't very judgmental at all, and you accepted me...just like you do the World...exactly as I was.
2: I was so enchanted by your quick feet and ease with any kind of sport. | You made almost every shot. I quickly realized that you had much more talent than the other girls and boys your age.
3: More than talent, you had passion and excitement, for everything you did, everything you heard, and everything you saw.
4: Puzzles | A special someone in your life gave you the gift to fix. You are very lucky to have the ability to clean up the mess and piece the broken pieces back together. Although an artisan, Mac Montgomery...
5: You | are | a | masterpiece
7: It was certainly not only my heart who you captured.
8: It was not only my coworkers who felt a similar love for you. It was not only the staff, the camp directors, the receptionists and lifeguards... | We can just make it simple by saying that you have about seven girlfriends waiting to see you again this summer
10: The Willamette Jet Boats
12: Your laugh is contagious. Your silliness- irresistible and one of the very hardest things I had to do was seem as though I was actually mad at you when you did something wrong. I might have the words "No trains" or "time-out" but your sweet charm and playfulness put up a much stronger fight.
14: The Zoo!
15: Your fascination with the world and its beauty inspired me to "see" again
16: Jello Day! The first time you tasted blue Jello. I was so proud! | Mac the photographer
17: You ran around to tell your friends and took these photos of them afterwards. I caught you being cute once again! B)
18: We had some trouble on this day. I couldn't get you to transition. :) I tried walking out of the room and waiting outside the door, hoping you'd not want to be alone. I tried giving you warnings about our remaining time. You would stay in a room for as long as two or three groups came and went. I eventually got the hint. I wanted to make sure you got to see and play everything but then I let go. I realized that it was not anything wrong with you, it wasn't frustrating or annoying. I recognized how lucky I was to know someone so thankful. So grateful for what they are offered. You were not the child to complain, you will never be the child to walk into a room at the Children's Museum and be unimpressed. You will never say "when will we leave?" You are so much more than that.
19: Your first girlfriend (at camp)...(this summer) was Avery. Avery wanted to sit by you, run with you, play with you , and help you do arts and crafts. She caught the "Mac flu" and needed to be around you just as much as anyone else who was under the weather. She did your repeat-after-me songs, and came to life mimicking your dance moves.
21: Next to trains. The playground was your next favorite thing to do when escaping the group's daily routine. Hearing you laugh when I pushed you on that tire swing...was mine.
22: John's hat and glasses. This is another one of those things I didn't tell you to do for EXTREMELY CUTE PICTURES. You must have decided you wanted TRAINS and PARK today.
24: Album cover maybe?
27: Your second girlfriend. She was also very eager to hold your hand and teach you and learn from you.
30: Girlfriend number what? Not all of them are mentioned. Lola was tickled by your laughter and charm. You listened to music with her on the bus ride back from Safari Sam's
32: After so much fun with you and all of our friends at camp, I couldn't fathom the idea of it being over...
33: I knew that the summer was over and that we wouldn't get to come back to our friends until the following summer. For me and you...I knew...that our journey had just begun. You gave me a summer I will never ever forget. A summer filled with more joy and learning than I had ever known. I had my first love the summer prior and I was so afraid but for some reason God sent me an angel. I was given a different kind of love and I felt it in return. I was given a new set of eyes. Not filled with tears but filled with like very expensive contacts. :) Everything was clear. I could see the details and the beauty of things I hadn't seen or I'd forgotten to see...and I could breathe. I felt as though I was born again and I could believe. You saved me Mac Montgomery. You worked your puzzle magic and pieced my heart right back together. I am so very lucky to have had you in my life last summer, I am even luckier to have you in it now. Thank you Lou for giving me this opportunity to meet you and your family. I was so awkward and nervous and you went ahead and accepted me into your life. You have brought me so much happiness, You are a remarkable woman. Your love for Mac is impossible not to see. I know that he would not be as unconditionally loving and kind if it were not for you and Mike. I know he wouldn't be as talented a singer and dancer if it weren't for Maddie. I also know that irresistible (can't-help-but-laugh even when you're angry) silliness didn't just come out of thin air. I know that every time he gets a new girlfriend, or kisses me on the cheek and tells me how pretty I am is definitely the work of Mason. Mac's charm, playfulness, his quick wit, his accurate sportsmanship, his ease with body movement and art...all of these things have come from the family that nurtures him so well. I am so honored to know all of you and especially to be part of his life. Thank you for letting me stay around. I love you.