Insight into Summer Camp

by Steve Gladstone, URJ Camp Coleman alum and blogger for Insight for the Blind
(originally posted in Insight for the Blind’s Blog)

Living half your life as a sighted person and half as a blind man, the contrast makes for strange bedfellows — memories and present experiences crashing powerfully together in an unparalleled way.

Before going totally blind I was a drama coach for several summers at Camp Coleman in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Georgia. The last weekend of this past August was a celebration marking the 50th birthday of this profound place. All folks who worked on the staff as well as any campers who attended over the years were invited up for the weekend fete.

When you see a fine film that resonates with you, you may tend to replay it in your head, maybe even watching it again from time to time. Vivid images take up residence in your brain and over time, something triggers them, like an old song that catches your ear in a mall, filling the screen in your mind with pictures of an old friend, lover or special place with remarkable precision. The actors in a favorite film continue to inhabit your brain, never aging, never changing, and forever vibrant.  Being sighted those many summers ago and now being blind, those campers and staffers that filled my summertime landscape remain in my headlike rare movies.

To read the whole post visit the Insight for the Blind Blog.

Insight for the Blind is an organization that creates master recordings of books and magazines that are uploaded directly to the Library of Congress, and to the Florida Division of Blind Services.

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One Response to Insight into Summer Camp

  1. Elly du Pre September 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Steven,

    Your blog about going back to your summer camp brought tears to my eyes. My own camping experiences over 8 summers were supremely formative of who I am today. Your impact on young people clearly was profound and it was moving to read your own dawning awareness of that. Congratulations on a wonderful piece.

    Elly

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