Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh…

Hello Muddah, hello Fadduh,
Here I am at Camp Granada.
Camp is very entertaining,
And they say we’ll have some fun if it stops raining…
Dearest Fadduh, darling Muddah,
How’s my precious little Bruddah?
Let me come home if you miss me.
I would even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me.
Wait a minute, it stopped hailing.
Guys are swimming, guys are sailing.
Playing baseball, gee that’s better.
Muddah, Fadduh, kindly disregard this letter!
– Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp), Allan Sherman

Ahhhh…summer camp…

Seems like just yesterday I was sitting by the shores of Lake Hamlin at Camp Douglas Smith in Freesoil, Michigan happy as clam one minute, crying that I wanted to go home the next. Yes, I have some “bad” camp memories, but I also have very fond, and unfortunately very foggy memories…if only someone had made me a photo book (you knew that was where I was going didn’t you??? and if not…come on!!)
So last summer my daughter came home from two weeks of camp and I created a photo book documenting her experience and presented it to her for her birthday. A big hit of course! But this year I had to take it to the next level. She was away for four weeks this time so the book had to be BIGGER and BETTER…right?? RIGHT!!!
So, when my daughter came home from camp I asked her if she would like to team up to create this year’s camp photo book and she was game. My idea was to re-create the story of camp not only with her photos, but also by using the lyrics to her favorite songs. We sat down last week and created what I think is a beautiful keepsake that captures the time in which these memories were created by using music. Who better than Nicki Minaj, The Wanted, fun, Diddy, Neon Trees and Carly Rae Jepson to tell the story of camp in the Wisconsin Dells in 2012? And of course, one must include the stylings of One Direction to set the tone for the BEST SUMMER EVER. I did sneak in some Beatles, Rod Stewart, Harry Chapin and Eric Clapton tunes (how can you have a camp book with out Forever Young…I mean it is a given) However, while she let me keep the lyrics to Sweet Home Chicago as the caption for her camp homecoming pages, she made me question her musical upbringing when she said she had never heard of the song, but she guessed it was okay to keep in the book…
Now as I sit here writing this post and thinking about the book my daughter and I created, I wonder what my summer “soundtrack” would be…
Let me create a summer camp “soundtrack” photo book for your camper. You have the pictures…so why not think OUTSIDE the BOX!
-j

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