It’s hard to believe that it’s already June. It doesn’t feel possible given how slow summer has been to arrive in earnest. But in a few short weeks school will be out for the summer and parents will be coming up with creative ways to keep their kids occupied.
I’m an only child and my parents found an impressive array of day camps to keep me out of their hair in July and August.
Bowling camp is probably a standout as one of the most obscure day camps. You can get in a lot of rounds of 5-pin over the span of an eight-hour day. Much pizza and pop was consumed that week too, as bowling alleys aren’t known for their kale salads.
Bowling camp gets a lot of airtime amongst my friend group but let’s not forget about the drama camp I did in Waterloo that also featured instruction in reiki.
For the uninitiated, reiki is a kind of alternative medicine that facilitates “energy healing.” On every afternoon of this drama camp, the rehearsal space would transform into a reiki studio and we would partner off.
One partner would lie on the floor and close their eyes. The other would rub their palms together and then hover their open palms three inches above their partner. Passing our hands over our partner, we would probe their auric field for any areas of unusual heat, cold, tingling sensation, or dense energy where their qi was imbalanced.
So in the morning, this group of 10-12 year olds are writing their own play and running through rehearsal for production at the end of the week and in the afternoon, we would be crouched on a wood floor in our Northern Getaway t-shirts and shorts, practicing auric massage.
Now that I think about it, that whole scene is just ripe for someone to walk in and say, “May the force be with you.” God, I hate when a good joke goes to waste.
At the end of the week, we even got certificates declaring our proficiency in reiki. I also got to stage a play where I was the villain, wore a red sequinned dress, and made a grand entrance from the back of the audience onto the stage to the tune of “Bad to the Bone.” So if you need someone to balance out your qi or you just want a diva, you know who to call.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté them briefly until they are evenly coated with oil. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Let the onions steam for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover the onions, add white wine, thyme, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue to cook the onions until they are nicely browned and there is almost no moisture in the pan, about 10-20 minutes more.
Recipe adapted from: “Tomato, Goat Cheese, and Caramelized Onion Tart.” Taming of the Spoon. June 2015.