She was all ready and packed last night. Tucked inside her sleeping bag is "blue fuzzy," her very special blanket from when she was born. I don't think nine is too old to have a few items of comfort from home!
This morning we headed off. We had a relaxed morning at home which she really wanted. We got to camp just a bit before the bus load of campers and were greeted by one of her counselors at our van. That was so cool, what a great way to ease them (and Mom) in!
Once we arrived and had dropped her bags she was a little apprehensive. Boo-boo on the other hand, having nothing to fear, ran ahead quite happily.
The playground did well to ease her nerves and give some time with her sisters,
Monkey number one,
and Monkey number two.
When they started group wide games, she went back to being quite reluctant. I almost had to push her out onto the field.
After a little bit, she forgot about her worries and started to get involved in the game. She even went to sit in the circle and cabin selection without me. She never even looked for me actually.
Then she ran to get her bags and took off with her counselor. Do you get the sense that there really is no looking back at this point? She wanted me to stay and see her cabin and I am glad that I did, but she was well on her way to being settled before I left.
Here's her cabin and home for the next five nights. She was right in there with the rest of the girls trying to get a good space in the cabin.
She claimed the bunk above the counselor she walked up with. Exactly what she wanted. Before she left a grandmother who was helping at camp introduced herself to us and then Bugsy to her granddaughter. She assured her she wasn't the only "first-timer" and that she would be watching out for her. Bless her soul! And with that I was gone....
I miss her already! Yes, she is busy, emotional and sometimes down right silly. But she is also the one who brings so much life to our home. It is so quiet with her gone.
But for her right now
This is the right place to be
And for now,
I need to wait to hear the rest of her story.