Mother’s Day Meaning
May is an exciting time for Camp people of all ages. Campers and parents can feel the school year winding down and are excited for the upcoming summer. Camp staff are getting ready to complete their collegiate studies and go on a much needed break before they head to Maine and Wekeela. Camp Directors are continuing to collect all the important paperwork from camp families and making last minute arrangements in preparations for a successful season. If you live in a cold climate, during the winter, May brings us the long awaited springtime and flowers. In mid-May we celebrate all mothers. So it may be a few weeks early but I would like to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing wife Lori, and all the moms past and present in the Wekeela community. Thank you for all the love you’ve shared and the lives you have touched. And now a message from Lori who gets to play Wekeela mom …
I always tell my friends and family that I am the luckiest person on Earth. I am so blessed to wake up every day with a purpose so deep and so inspiring. To me, it is my passion to make the world a better place for children. It is my mission to help bring joy to children and give them a special place to call their summer home. Being a mother is my most important and proudest job. Like most mothers, I would walk to the ends of the earth for my three sons. Imagine knowing I would walk that same perimeter for my campers. I sometimes am overwhelmed at the notion that hundreds of children come through our gates at Wekeela and find a haven of love and warmth like no other. Only camp people get that notion.
The counting down to camp begins the minute the children leave in August. I think that is because at camp our campers are nurtured, not judged, accepted no matter what, and we are family. Everyone is a member of that family for their own unique gifts. Why am I the luckiest person? I get countless daily hugs; I am a confidant to the staff and campers; I may actually be cool at camp, and most importantly, I know we have worked very, very hard to create the most amazing place on earth for kids to come be kids. Before each summer begins, my husband, Ephram and I take a deep breath because being a camp director is an awesome responsibility. We have to keep all of your precious cargo safe at all cost. But as soon as we drive down the driveway and start singing our camp song, it is easy to remember why we are the luckiest. To go from being a mom of 3 to a mom of hundreds is the most gratifying and awesome experience anyone can ask for.
Happy Mothers Day everyone!
Lori and Ephram Caflun