All summer, I’ve been watching parents post photographs of their children away at sleep-a-way camp on Facebook. You can just hear in the tone of their writing how much they miss their kids and how relieved they are to see them in photos doing well with happy expressions on their faces. I know that my husband and I will certainly face this same feeling in the next year or two. It is inevitable. We both went to sleep-a-way camps as children and know the value of them is worth their weight in gold.
Yesterday, I gave my husband a lift to a meeting point where he would be picking up a group of campers and some staff in order to spend the evening with them in a hotel and get them to the airport for a 6:25 am flight. I watched as parents hugged their kiddos goodbye and sent them on their way knowing that they would not see them for a week. It made me weepy, and my kids weren’t even going!
I guess it all boils down to the old adage that if you love someone, you should set them free. It’s like the mama bird nudging her babies from the nest and letting them soar. To me, this seems an impossible task, but we as parents must face it so many times throughout our lives. My children are still so young, and camp will most likely be the first time I will have to do this. Maybe the first day of preschool and kindergarten are up there with it, but at least you see them at the end of the day for a report on those occasions. I can only sympathize with all of the many posts I have seen imagining what that emotion must feel like sending them away without any contact.
I love that Sting wrote a song about this very topic, and of course, it must be my song of the day as I ponder all of this. Here is a link and a wish to all of many friends with first time sleep-a-way campers for getting through this camp session as peacefully as possible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSGl3d4KOMk&ob=av2e Hugs & love!