My Kids...Go To Camp?
by Michele Klein
How can this possibly be? My son is 9
years old and my daughter is 5, and I've just signed them
up for sleepaway camp. It seems like it was just
yesterday that I was spending the best summers of my life
as a camper. Could I possibly have children that are
already that age. What kind of mother sends a 5 year old
to sleep away camp? Mine did. How could she have done
that? I guess she's smarter that I thought!
After having searched and scrutinized
numerous programs, I have finally found the right camp.
My kids are looking forward to the summer, watching the
camp video for the thousandth time, talking about all the
things they will be doing. The winter months are filled
with purchasing the necessary clothing and items needed,
ironing in labels, and calming fears (most of them my
It's the day before camp. I call my
mother. Can I really do this? Can they really do this?
"You did it," she says. That was different, -
these are my kids! I drive them up on
"CAMP-DAY". They look a little anxious when I
leave, but so do all the other kids. I know that this is
the best possible experience I can give them.
Two days later, the first letters
arrive. My daughter's contains a crayon drawing of her
counselor, (she can't write yet). The counselor looks
like something from Halloween III. It's probably just my
daughter's interpretation, I say to myself. My son's
letter contains a pre-stamped postcard in an envelope
with a stamp on it. I thought we had gone over how
postcards and letters work. What else have I forgotten to
tell him? He says things are great. I write, I call, I
see them on visiting day, (only to find my daughter
wearing someone else's clothes, and 3 girls wearing
hers). They are happy.
The day has come to pick them up. They
look healthy, tan, happy, and a little more grown up. The
tears are because they have to leave. My son says they
offered him a guinea pig to take care of. I only have to
buy a cage, food, and a water bottle. On the way home all
they talk about is camp, concerned with when camp starts
next year. I smile. I have done well. I have raised two
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