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July 01, 2019



Pulling off the band-aid is a good way to describe it: the first time my oldest went off to camp for a mere three nights, I had to bury my face in an old beach towel to keep from loudly sobbing in the car. (I also had to drive the 85 miles home by myself, so it just wouldn't have done to hit the interstate with tears blurring my vision and my nose stopped up with snot.)

But it is, after all, a good test of your parenting to see how your kid functions away from home and your hovering presence. Because it's just the start: the community service trips in high school, the college tours (where you may be present, but sometimes not), and then that agonizing day you drop them off at their college dorm, where they'll be living more or less for the next four years, if all goes well. Maybe you'll be spared if your child decides to go to school in the city; but all three of mine chose to attend colleges on the Left Coast. Only one returned; the younger two told me they hated East Coast weather and living in NYC (where did I fail?) and moved to cities facing the Pacific. We still see each other during the holidays and Facetime a lot: but it's never the same. And if you think you're going to rejoice at getting all that space back in your You'll feel like the place is a yawning cave, and the silence in their empty rooms haunts you like abandoned toys staring at you from the bunk beds.


Geeez....I hate to say it, but that looks like a "Just discovered where the girl's camp is" kinda smile.

Beware brother, beware.


The word camp has far too many negative
Connotations no?
How about
A children's oasis
Or kids country clubs
Something like that

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