As a surprise, hubby and I headed out for a short two-day camp out with the kids as soon as they were dismissed from the last day of school. Their excitement was contagious and the chance to get away was too tempting to resist.
One of our favorite parts of camping is always the campfire. The kids and I seek out the best sticks and logs and enjoy hours of flame watching and food roasting. Campfires always seem to pull us into the warmth and light of their flames and inspire memorable moments and sharing.
The dancing flames provide one of nature’s greatest entertainments. The fantastic show they perform can never be duplicated and never ceases to amaze us. The first campfire of the year holds a special power.
The first campfire always reminds me a of a ritualistic fire. One where we sacrifice our worries and concerns of the past year and start anew with lighter spirits and happier temperaments. It’s as if the stress of finals and end of year traditions float away with the sparks and smoke. With summer we are free to let our inner flames rekindle and get back in touch with the innocence that comes with catching fireflies and making s’mores.
My wish for each of you, as we welcome summer, is that you find a renewed flame fueled by joy and kinship. I hope that your dreams are kindled and your appreciation of self and those you love burns brighter than before.
Remember the first fire of the year is one that burns all year long in our hearts and memories. We just have to ignite that stored positive energy to blaze through the stress and sadness that dims our happiness. Get going and light those fires!
By: Melanie A. Peters
P.S. Remember only you can prevent forest fires and sadness with your diligent joy and positive choices.