By Peggy O'Connell
Remember leaving Lodestar camp? How you had to roll up your sleeping bag, stuff your clothes (covered in red dirt) into your duffle bag that couldn’t seem to zip anymore, and finally rushing to get to Closing Circle?
The Closing Circle included everyone – campers and staff – for a special few moments to reflect, connect and listen to Tom’s Trutner’s ever-inspiring words of love and peace. We would all hold hands swaying and singing our favorites songs vowing to come back to Lodestar again.
The Closing Circle always ended with the Shalom song. “Shalom, Shalom, you’ll find Shalom, the nicest greeting you know. It means bonjour, salud, and skoal, and twice as much as hello”. As the group would sing, voices would wavier, as it was impossible to get through the song without a tear or two. “And even when you say goodbye, if your voice has "I don't want to go" in it, say goodbye with a little "hello" in it, and say goodbye with shalom. “
Who could forget? We all swore on our honor, that we would indeed, be Back to Lodestar. Well, the time has come once again. Don't miss the opportunity! We can't wait to see you there!
Saying it out loud, or even thinking it quietly, the name Lodestar conjures up powerful memories and reflections. And meaning.