|Michael and Oscar on the log, far left|
Autumn and Dafne, middle and at the back
They invited us to stay.
There is nothing like the feeling of inclusion, sitting on a log, holding a s’more that has the combined smell of chocolate and marshmallow close at hand, and watching how another family negotiates evening fun.
|... the big red cooler / every large family should have one ...|
“I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” was not familiar to most of the people there
Odd, since the train would probably pass by us at least 3 times as we sat singing.
But of course it makes sense. The grandchildren in this group are ages 13 to 3 -- all 17 of them.
The hit song of the night was a suggestion from Brandon Vaugh, “Throw it/him/them out the window…”.
I had forgotten that song.
Sing or say any nursery rhyme, and when you get to an appropriate break sing, “throw it out the window / the second story window / if you can’t sing a rhyme / and do it in time then / throw it out the window.
|"Do you mind if I take your picture?"|
This made Michael nervous.
He walked to the back of the circle and pulled up a chair behind Dan.
As the singing came full circle back to Dan, he had the group all point to Michael who was on the spot now and came up with a rhyme.
|No, we don't mind. Go ahead.|
Autumn knew a wonderful call and response song about a Moose. She sings a line, you sing it after her. I am going to track that song down and learn it for future campfires. We also sang “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” which had a residual effect on Michael.
He could spot a bear behind every bush as we left the campfire and made our way home.