And the seasons they go round and round

January 11, 2008

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This week I sent in The Swimmy’s camp application for this summer. Normally that is no big deal (except, uh, for the PRICE of entertaining her tiny ass all summer).

But this application was a little different. This will be the first summer she goes to “sleep away” camp. For 10 whole days.

Dude.

Don’t get me wrong, I am THRILLED for her. This is a camp I went to, OldestDaughter and ArtsyDaughter have experience with and tons of my best memories are there.

Husband, however, cried a little when he realized I wasn’t kidding. And I quote: “Just get ready. Once they leave for camp they never come back the same kid.”

And? He’s right. I know that this experience will be challenging, a little lonely, completely eye-opening and absolutely a blast like she’s never had. How could she not come back different?

Husband always says enjoy the ages of 3 to 6 – that they are the best. I think he’s right. I’ve enjoyed her so much. And I wish I could freeze her little heart and brain where it is, but I can’t. And I know this.

I hope Camp becomes a part of her life that she looks forward to every summer. I hope she makes friends from all over Texas (and beyond). I hope she discovers parts of herself she didn’t know existed. I hope at the chapel under the twilight stars that the little piece of G-d inside her that she loves so dearly twinkles a little brighter. I hope she learns all the words to the Birkat. I hope that camp is ready for the little force of nature that is The Swimmy.

And I hope that as camp gives her wings to fly, she still comes back to us roots for a hug now and again.

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4 Responses to “And the seasons they go round and round”

  1. Sara Says:

    Sniffle. Very, very sweet. Our time will come so, so soon! Thanks for reminding me. :)

  2. Jonathan Says:

    Would you believe me if I told you that in the UK – or Europe (as far as I am aware) – there is no concept of sending your children to camp in the summer?
    I wonder if it is exclusive to America?

  3. Chris Cactus Says:

    Gah. Beth and I were talking about Mia going to preschool last night. It scared the hell out of me. Still does.

  4. Mary Lewis Says:

    It is awesome!! She come home eating food you NEVER thought she’d eat. She will make wonderful friends and they will email each other pictures. She will learn songs and jokes, and make memories of her own and will be so excited to tell you about them. And she will write you letter(s) that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. And you will keep it forever. Good luck!! xoxo Mary