Throughout the year, we post blogs from Guest writers…enjoy this by a Camp Green Lane Alumni and Current Camp Parent, Joy Pearson Schneck
Attention everyone in camp: It is that time again…when you are packing 20+ pairs of shorts, t-shirts, socks, etc., hoping your child(ren) have enough clothes to last them a year. And you know you will throw in an extra towel, pair of shoes, or a piece of sports equipment because you wanted to make sure they would have enough during the summer.
Well, let me tell you, it does not make one difference what you pack, what they want you to pack or what they will bring on the bus the first day. Why doesn’t it matter you ask? They have each other and that is all they need. This week, you will see an increase in texts, chats, snap chats, posts of pictures of camp friends, and count downs to the days, hours and minutes until they get to walk through the arches. The minute my children get to the bus stop, they run and hug their camp friends, talk about what they are going to have for lunch at camp and what activities are ahead for them. I am extremely envious that they all get to live in my happy place for 7 weeks without a care in the world. Yes, they will have butterflies and may not know what to expect. They will be filled with nervous excitement or just plain excitement as the days near.
While they are bursting with excitement, I start to have feelings of my own, some of which are hard to describe on paper. I too start to get butterflies and have a sense of excitement. This is the hardest year to say good-bye for me. Not hard because I am worried, not hard because I am concerned they will not have fun or the best time of their lives, but hard because I am going to miss them. Don’t get me wrong, I missed them in previous years, but this year, feels a little different. This year, they have been fun to be around, they have made me laugh and made me smile over the past 10 months. Although I will miss them tremendously, miss their laughs, miss their stories, and even miss the bickering between them (although maybe not so much), I know they are where they want to be and where they should be for the next 2 months.
So, if you have a worry or two, that is normal. A few sleepless nights or some butterflies even. Be rest assured, your children are about to embark on the two (2) best months of the year with their forever friends, making memories that will last a lifetime. Now, stop packing and go enjoy the last few days of stories or laughs with your children…
Enjoy your summer, you bet your children will!!!!!
Yours in Camping,
Joy Pearson Schneck