Two weeks ago, Monique and my world changed fairly drastically. Our son, Tanner Rhodes, was born in the early morning of May 4th. A healthy, wiggly, happy little boy, we had been waiting to meet this little guy for a very long time. Now he is here, and we are feeling incredibly lucky, tired and very happy.
One aspect of the whole experience has added a wonderful depth to our happiness. That aspect is the outpouring of congratulations, expressions of joy and welcome, from the massive extended family that is the camp community. While we are always aware of the connections made at MTC, and how strong those connections are, it is not so often that these connections are mapped out. In the days and weeks since Tanner was born we have been simply inundated with well wishes from near and far. It is a clear lesson in what could easily be taken for granted – namely that our little corner of Maine, busy with the sounds of laughter for only a few months each year, is much greater than the sum of its parts. The friendships that are forged within the bubble of camp defy explanation – surely it should not be possible to form such strong and lasting bonds over a few short weeks, separated by years and oceans? Yet there it is, and for Monique and I this unique ability of camp has been brought into sharp focus over the last two weeks.
So we want to thank all of you who have contributed yourself, and your friendship, to this community over the years. We know how lucky our little boy is to have this community as his nursery, the village that will help shape him. Every camper, every staff has an impact on this community, which in turn will have a profound impact on Tanner. We know he will grow up a better and happier person as a result, and as such, we owe you all a big debt of thanks.
We can’t wait for this summer, and many more to come.
Peace, love, and sleeping babies.
Matt & Monique