A sweet word from Lauren Fladland:
I still can’t believe that I am finally at LSM! I have been admiring from afar for a long time, since I first heard about the program when I was in high school, however life kept getting in the way of me actually being a part of this wonderful organization. I will admit that I was extremely nervous coming into this summer. As a middle school choir teacher I kept wondering how I was going to be able to relate with high school students! However, all it took was a trip down the Upper Iowa in a tube with the counseling staff and a trip to the Minneapolis airport to pick up some of our students to realize that I was in for an amazing summer.
I have been fascinated by Bob Olsen’s idea of “hygge” since he first talked about it during staff training. Hygge is a Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures: friends, family, and graciousness and we are practicing it here at LSM this summer. I think that after our first dorm hygge that occurred this week that hygge is here to stay at LSM!
During our first hygge many students shared stories, and I think even more importantly, were listened to by not only their peers, but also by adults (counseling staff along with Rev. Jim were also involved). I was so amazed at how open our students were with each other, people that they had only known for less than a week!
This just goes to show that teenagers will talk and open up to each other and to adults, but you need to show them that you are invested in listening. I wish that I could have listened earlier to the pull of the LSM community, however I feel truly blessed to be here and to get to make beautiful music with them in the coming weeks.
"Happy Birthday, America" from Jakob Boers: https://youtu.be/9FTgf5RzGzM