I suggested in my post on January 1st, What’s the Story?, that readers send ideas for inspiration and I will write a story for you. Thank you Beth B. for your support and encouragement, and for the idea of a tree. This may not be what you expected, but the story presents itself to me. I just type it.
(Just saying: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.)
About A Tree
“Hey Mike, what do you know about Camp In the Woods Summer Camp?”
“What brought that up Deb?”
“It looks like they’re in trouble and are asking alumni for donations,” Debbie said, handing Mike the postcard. “Is that you?” She pointed to the picture on the front?”
“Oh my god, that is me with Jeremy and Jason. They’re twins, but I guess that’s obvious. My nickname was trouble and they were known as double-trouble. Get it?”
“Ha, ha! I guess that makes you guys a triple threat.”
“Something like that. Let’s see what’s going on,” Mike said, turning the post card over.
What is your favorite memory of the giant oak tree on Lake Liberty shore?
- Stealing your first real kiss under a canopy of oak branches, heavy with leaves and acorns bending toward the earth?
- Laying on your back, gazing between the yellow-green leaves to the clear, blue sky on a lazy afternoon?
- Swinging over the lake on the old tire?
- Ignoring the butterflies in your stomach while preparing to dive off the oversized tree limb reaching away from the shore?
- The shock of cool lake water engulfing your body?
- Coming up, gulping for air, and giving a thumbs-up to your friends on shore?
We’re asking you to help make it possible for future campers to create memories of their own.
Last November, a tornado ripped through camp destroying the lodge, cabins, and trails. Sadly, our beloved oak was uprooted. Plans to rebuild include: greater access for kids with disabilities, additional cabins for adults, a technology classroom, a wood-working shop, and a teaching kitchen for lessons on nutrition and healthy cooking. Check out our website to see the complete blueprint for a new and improved Camp In the Woods. You will want to be a kid again!
Send a donation that fits your budget.
Every donor will receive a special gift made from our precious oak and embellished with its image. All items will be crafted by next summer’s campers, in our new workshop, under the guidance of J. J. Jacobs, a local, master craftsman and former camper.
|Barking Up a Tree||$1 – $999||4 X 6 inch Photo Frame|
|Out on a Limb||$1,000 – $2,999||Ink Pen|
|Branching Out||$3,000 -$4,999||A set of four Coasters|
|Trunkful||$5,000 -$9,999||Hand-carved 3 X 5 inch Box|
|Roots and All||$10,000 and greater||Your choice from above. A weekend at Camp In the Woods for you and one guest. Recognition on the Family Tree in the Lodge lobby.|
Keep your memories and Camp In the Woods alive for generations to come.
Thanks for your support,
WARNING: This IS NOT an actual fund-raising solicitation letter. DO NOT Send money.