After a summer of day camp, SOS’s last week at camp was sleep-away.
He was adorable in his red baseball hat and red shirt (that was his color-war team) and his blue shorts. Our little boy sleeping away from us. We kissed him good-bye on Monday morning, in the house, because we simply couldn’t in front of his friends.
Sidebar: I learned the “no-kissing” rule on the prior Tuesday, when I walked him to the bus pick-up and SOS turned to me as we were in the middle of 110th Street, “E-Mom, you can leave me here.” “DUDE, I am not leaving you in the middle of a busy two-way street!!!” As he was harrruumphing, I walked him to the sidewalk, said hi to his counselor and waved to him as he was off with the other campers.
Our hearts’ heaviness at his being away was, however, immediately lifted by the sheer elation of being untethered to a child’s schedule and needs. Recall that when you have children under 12, parents can’t spontaneously go for a romantic walk (ok, not so romantic in the sweltering heat of New York City) without having planned for a babysitter. Which then defeats the spontaneity.
The camp has a website where parents can email children and see pictures of the days’ activities. We saw SOS in that same cute outfit day after day after day. While we later learned that he showered and changed his underwear, he still thought it was ok to put on the same muddy clothes each morning.
He is a boy and this is camp. There is hope: he changed his clothes for the Thursday night dance with the girls.
Gee, I cannot wait for adolescence.