OUTDOOR SCHOOL DAY 3, AND TRUE LOVE
"I'm excited, am I?" Rojo asks as he jumps from the same car that only two days ago he nearly fell from. Partly it's the drop in temperature (40 degree drop in one day, welcome to Oregon), partly it's the fact that on Monday he was apprehensive, didn't know the routine, everything was a guessing game and now he OWNS the place, and partly it's because he's IN LOVE.
The picture above is of Rojo and his "girlfriend," J. He and J. have been "going out" for nearly two years. Could even be three, I lose track. I just know that every time I ask him if J. is still his girlfriend he gets OUTRAGED and says, "Mom! I told you, I'm never going to break up with her!"
St. Kathleen took this picture of the two of them, which is apparently indicative of how they move through Outdoor School. Her, by his side, gently guiding, reassuring, "holding space." Him, offering his undying love in return.
So, J. is his day in, day out, sweet and true love, but the new object of his love is TSUNAMI!
St. Kathleen says Tsunami isn't even bending over backwards for Rojo, but Rojo sees the light in his eyes that says, "I get you," and that has opened the magic door. Tsunami is a seasoned Outdoor School counselor, and specifically assigned to help this week with Rojo and another dear, sweet love of my life that we'll just call PK's son.
PK's son went up on the bus Sunday and won't be home until Friday. PK is a mess. Her son? A. Happy. Camper. Both of us have been worried sick, literally, for YEARS about how our boys would do.
They are fine.
And now so are we.