I decided last year I would not be a camp counselor. My son went to camp for 6 weeks, leaving me time to collect my thoughts. That meant I would be his entertainment for 3 weeks until school started. I was a little scared, but it went really well, he is fun to hang with.
We just finished the first week of camp for this summer, and it went very well compared to last year. The first years transition was very rough, hopefully that is behind us (I am knocking on wood, even as I type).
He gets dropped off to a fancy bus, air conditioned, and with a nice bathroom. So nice, everyone likes to use it throughout the journey upstate, it is a popular activity even when you don’t have to really go. Does anyone understand these creatures?
He was very clear with me the first day, he would be all the way in the back row, I must know, so I could wave good-bye from the right position. Now it no longer matters, he doesn’t seem to care, but I cannot let my guard down. I stand there and wave to the whole exiting bus, I no longer know where he is sitting, we all know the first day I don’t wave I will hear about it! There are also your cryers, the kids who sob, they don’t want to go. As soon as the parents leave, they are fine. What a bunch of manipulators! It is like an anthropological study watching these youngsters!
The counselors are supposed to keep the kids awake on the ride home, but my son always seems to nap. I suspect the counselors need a break and have sleeping gas blown on the kids!
I am very happy to have 2 more hours a day to myself. I am sure most parents, who have the day camp luxury, know that there is never enough time in the day. I started my summer cleaning in the front of the apartment, if you remember from all my earlier shopping blogs, I am a hoarder. The cleaning, which is cathartic, also leaves me space to fill up with more crap! Except for the space taken up by the toys I have ready to donate in December – could it be that I over-shopped?
I am very grateful that we are able to do this, the activities all day long are great for the kids, his swimming skills increased so much last year that he was able to go on a water slide at the Atlantis Hotel that I wouldn’t go on! Now I’m in trouble!