Inside Edition: Hakarat HaTov and Tzevet Misrad with Kochavim and Magshimim
Inside Edition: Hakarat HaTov (gratitude) & our Tzevet Misrad (office staff)
Author: Sara Shapiro-Plevan, Visiting Educator.
Meet Cynthia Kay Hatch Lynch, better known as Cindy, or one of the calm voices on the phone when you dial camp’s summer 413 number. Cindy hails from nearby Monson, MA, and is joining the Ramah team for the first time this summer. She had a fantastic visit with kids from Kochavim and Magshimim this past week, who came to get to know her as a member of the behind the scenes team who makes camp happen for them. They know to thank their madrichim (counselors), rashei edah and of course their parents for an amazing summer, but who else makes camp happen? Cindy is one of those people! As part of their appreciative interview, the kids asked Cindy to tell stories about the hardest part of her job. She described herself as a juggler: the kids expected that she might whip out a set of balls and start juggling. Instead, she managed to offer them a full interview and regaled them with stories of her family and her work while answering the phone, helping people entering the office who needed assistance, and other campers, demonstrating her real skills as a juggler! Cindy came to join the Ramah office staff thanks to her sister Becky, who has been a part of the Ramah team for 5 years, and her daughter works at the Mercaz as well. She has lived all over Massachusetts, growing up down the street from where one of our Magshimim campers lives now (that was a fun connection to watch evolve!) and is the proud mom of 4 children. This picture here is the story of Cindy explaining what a bear horn is: the kids noticed an air horn on her desk labeled “bear horn,” and Cindy told them about the bear that visited camp in the first month, and the air horn that was provided to the office and grounds staff just in case. They begged her to blow it, but she refused….no bears in sight! Say hello to Cindy the next time you visit the front office. These appreciative interviews were a part of our campers’ encounters with the big idea of hakarat hatov, gratitude and appreciation, and their exploration of the practice of giving appreciation and work to understand what it is like to receive appreciation and gratitude as well.