Thursday, July 16, 2009

All I Got Was a Rock

I'm Charlie Brown. I'm Eeyore. I'm name-any-morose-sidekick-of-lore. Wait a minute, though, even Charlie Brown got to go to camp.

Alas, I did not. I missed out on leaving my family behind for an entire week (!!!) to go spend it in the wilderness, making tie-dye bandannas or pillow cases, creating Popsicle stick works of art, jumping in a swimming hole, telling ghost stories around the campfire, canoeing, horseback riding, and crushing on a boy or a boy counselor (!!!).

I did go to a day camp the summer I was 9. My family had just moved on base and I had switched schools -- yet again -- and knew absolutely nobody in the neighborhood or the camp. I was freakin' miserable, and was sick to my stomach every single morning for the excruciatingly long eight weeks of camp. I can't imagine I would have fared any better at a sleepaway camp.

Actually, I would have likely been horribly miserable getting there but would have been fine the whole time ensconced away at camp. That's what it was like at the day camp: I hated going but was fine once I was there.

Daughter is away at camp. We have had no contact with her for several days. Oh, sure, we sent post cards and I'm sure we'll receive a post card. Probably after she gets back. She went with her BFF and she was so excited.

She burst into tears the night before she went, moaning that she'd miss us. Knowing Daughter like I do, I'm sure it was just on her checklist of things to do before she left. "Make sure extra food is out for Moonshine [the fish]." "Ask Eldest to PLEASE play with Youngest while I'm gone." "Cry so Mom and Dad think I'll miss them."

Independent kids. Camp. A recipe for disaster success.


Maddy said...

Mine has just gone off to camp too, for two weeks, so it's just me and the boys, and Nonna, and hubby and my other daughter and her quite quiet really.

Tara R. said...

When we sent our daughter off to sleepover camp, she was all 'don't let the car door hit you.' I don't think she gave it a moments thought that she would be gone for seven days... without us!

Janet said...

I went to sleepover camp twice. Once in 5th grade and once in 7th or 8th grade. completely miserable the entire time. Kids are mean.

susiej said...

Yes... I hated camp. My kids love it though... this year, we're just chilling at the lake. THat's camp enough.

D... said...

My kids have never gone to a sleep away camp. My son would probably love it. My daughter probably not so much. Her BFF has been trying to get her to go to church camp with her, but she just doesn't want to leave home. :(

Unknown said...

Ooh, I remember the camp days. I loved camp. Mine have only done day camps so far. They both would probably kiss me goodbye and run as fast as they could to the bunk-beds!

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