Ah! My kids are both doing the camp thing this week, & I don't know who's feeling more feelings about it. My daughter is 10 & spending four days camping with her Scout troop FIVE hours away. She was excited to go, & I don't think either one of us really thought about the emotions of it until right before I dropped her off. She got quiet but kind of kicked me out of her troop leader's driveway. I drove away & felt ALL the feels-- she's doing everything without me for days! I know she'll be fine- she's with good people, & if she doesn't feel comfortable asking someone to brush the back of her hair & it gets knotted, I'll be able to fix it. It'll be fine... she'll be fine without me.
My son is just doing day camp, but it's a big first for him, too. He didn't know the boys from our area who were going, but we all agreed to carpool, & he's the kind of kid who becomes fast friends as soon as he meets someone. They were exchanging stories about injuries practically before we left the parking lot. He hopped out of the car full of energy, & when I asked him how the day went this afternoon, his only complaint was that some kids fooled around during the safety drill & cut into his archery time. Fair complaint, buddy.
So my kids are off having their adventures & growing, & I have free time. I'm trying to book up this week as a treat to me, but I keep thinking about the kids & where they're at during the day. I met up with an old friend for breakfast today, & I probably talked about them too much... but they're my constant companions during the summer. This is a new world for me. Trying to embrace it... but I'll be glad when I've got my kids under my roof together again. In the meantime, I'm going to try going to the beach & not have to pack 10,000 snacks... that could be fun.
I'm so grateful to have you here with me. I LOVE being a mom, but I'm trying to still be "me" while being a mom, & this blog has been a tool for me to figure that out. Hopefully it's that for you, as well. I look forward to hearing from you so that I can make this blog meaningful for you. Thanks for being here!