Posted July 24, 2012 • Share:

“Happiness is playing the drum in your own school band. And happiness is walking hand in hand. Happiness is two kinds of ice cream. Knowing a secret. Climbing a tree!”

Charlie Brown sings these lyrics in the musical “Peanuts” and it’s a song that’s very fitting to describe the happiness we are fortunate enough to feel everyday at Camp Matoaka.

Our drama department staged this musical for the entire camp last night, and the emotions they exuded were infectious. You couldn’t help but smile as Charlie Brown sang about happiness, and confessed his love for “the little red-headed girl”. Snoopy sang a rousing number about the simple joy that “Suppertime” brings.

That’s what this whole musical is about, finding happiness in the little things that often go overlooked. It’s a perfect reminder for us fortunate enough to spend our summers at One Great Place.

For us the happiness we embraced yesterday was…

Cheering in the dining hall!

Flying over the ropes course on a zipline!

Standing atop a cheer pyramid!

A 6:30 a.m. swim practice with your best friends!

Posting for the first time on a horse!

Singing a solo in the camp musical!

Charlie Brown’s message is truly relevant to all of us who can share in the Matoaka Magic every day.

“Happiness is morning and evening, daytime and nighttime too. For happiness is anyone and anything at all That’s loved by you!”

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