2 Weeks In The Dust
Written By Grace Daverson for Session 4 Vespers 2016
As many of you know, Coppercreek tragically lost one of our Directors — Lauren (Lornie) Lindskog Allen — last week. We are deeply saddened by her passing, and we dearly miss her, every day.
We wanted to take a moment to thank those of you who have reached out to us, directly or over social media, sending us love, comfort, and support. On behalf of Lauren’s family, including her daughter, Sutter, who has grown up at camp, and Lornie’s long-time sweetie, Jared, we thank you for the cards, notes, e-mails, and phone calls so many of you have sent. Your words have helped buoy our heavy hearts more than we can describe.
Coppercreek Camp was founded by Lornie’s parents – John Lindskog and Lynne Evarts – and was a fixture in Lauren’s life from the time she was a toddler. She was present at camp for 48 summers, as a camper, CIT, cabin counselor, riding instructor, and camp owner-director. She was the founder of our TREK program, and was the driving force behind the beauty and breadth of our equestrian center and programs.
We know that Lornie’s light will continue to shine through Coppercreek and through all of the campers whose lives she touched over the years. We look forward to spending our 51st summer laughing and playing and singing and dancing as before, even if, on occasion, we do so with tears in our eyes. For the summer of 2015, we all — Becky and Craig Hogland, and Lornie’s daughter, Sutter Allen — plan to welcome our campers with open arms. Lornie would have wanted the joy, laughter and magic of Coppercreek to continue as it always has.
Nothing we can write can adequately capture Lauren’s generosity of spirit, kindness of heart, or bright sense of adventure. She saw the good, special, and most essential parts of all of us, and by so doing, helped us to see the good in ourselves. She was a steward for Mother Nature, and an advocate for animals of every kind; she believed that family is more than flesh and blood, that we all need community, and that we have a responsibility to look after one another however we can. We are determined to live all the things she taught us, and to do so with joy, this summer.
Many of you have asked about ways to contribute to the Coppercreek legacy. We are so grateful for, and humbled by, your generosity. To honour Lauren’s life, contributions can be made to the Coppercreek Benefit account, via paypal , or by mail to Plumas Bank, P.O. Box 612, Greenville CA, 95947.
Day is done. Gone the sun. From the lake, from the hills, from the sky. All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh.
They say memories fade with time
But I don’t think so
because the weeks I spend
riding, swimming, talking, walking,
petting, reading, playing and dreaming
Here. Right here.
Those memories are as deep and crisp as the taste of a way too juicy watermelon at Outpost
And the smell of fur and feathers at smanimals
And the chunka, chunka, chunka of a kneeboard at the lake
And the sound of outdated music at way too early in the morning
and the sight of all the counselors, campers, of all my friends, dressed in grass skirts and
leis and lipstick, even the boys.
Here. Right here.
Those memories are as dear to me as
a cherished book of song.
Because I know that no matter how
tired, sore, or terrified I am,
I have not wasted a second of my life
Here. Right here.
Getting to spend 2 weeks with friends who live on the other side of the world.
Coming to one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Trying out things that I never would have had the opportunity or means to do elsewhere.
Being able to be silly and weird and not be judged.
Becoming best friends with people you have known for just a couple of days, who are completely different from your friend at home.
Telling camp jokes at home that no one understands.
Spending 11 months waiting for the 1 we get to spend here.
Waiting for seconds, thirds and fourths just for those pieces of bread with butter.
Praying to be sent to the lake every morning.
Bug spray is second only to water.
Dirt lines are as common as tan lines.
It will always be our HOME AWAY FROM HOME.