June 5 13

At the start of each week I have a look at our calendar, laugh like a hyena, and say—out loud, to no one in particular—well, at least it’s not as busy as last week.

Only I am fooling exactly not a single person because lately it feels as though every week is busier than the last, and when I think it can’t get any busier, it does. Now, I’m not complaining, because there is so much good in my life right now, and the things that are keeping us busy are almost all exclusively good things—dance for the girls and swimming lessons and and workouts and photoshoots and family get-togethers and high-stakes games of Clue and Shabbat dinners and Josh’s baseball and fun work events and interviewingSusanLucciOMG. Of course, there are the less-than-good time-sucks and tasks, like waiting in line for far too long to get my license and health card renewed—only five days after they expired—and getting our family’s first cavity filled after 12 years of parenting. Milestone, indeed. Congrats on all the sugar, Isabella Rose.

But I just realized this one little bitty fact.

In 41 days I will be sending 2/3 of my offspring off to sleepover camp  for 3.5 blissful weeks of single-child rearing.

I cannot wait.

Last year we sent one to sleepover camp. (Sleepaway camp? Overnight camp?) Now granted, she is our noisiest one—her life is lived with a play-by-play background soundtrack that she sings herself. It’s like One Tree Hill, only with more Taylor Swift. Nonstop. So, we were one man down, and it certainly changed the dynamic of our family to have just the littler duo.

But two men down?

Depeche Mode was right, yo. I am really going to enjoy the silence.

Sure, I’ll miss my young grasshoppers desperately. I will feel a little less whole, a little less ME.

I will anxiously click, click, click my way through the camp’s daily upload of is-my-child-having-fun-at-camp photos. I will wonder what the last thing they’ll think about before going to sleep is, and I will wonder what the first thing they’ll think about when they wake up is. I will run to the mailbox in the hopes that there’s something a little more, uh, handwritten than bills, flyers, and anthropologie catalogs. I will long for my Clue opponents.

I will miss them.

Of course. Obviously.

But I will be happy to have them gone.

A wee bit more. 

And not just because I will only have one child using my bathroom.

And Isabella, my lovely third children, is going to love the heck out of being an only child.

Isabella-only-child

She’s not even going to know what hit her.

 

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  1. I’ll need to go through some mega serious therapy sessions before O even think about letting my children go to overnight camp!
    Love that drawing. Frame it!

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    ali replied on

    Girl, you will never be able to do it.

    Heh.

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    Comment by Loukia on June 5, 2013
  2. LOL…. Loukia will never send her kids to overnight camp. LOVE YOU LOU!

    I love that your third child has a cavity. Because so does mine and she has a dentist as a father. Oops. It may come from her saying “Give me another lollipop and I will stop talking” (master manipulator) and I giver her one because man, girlfriend can not shut up.

    Also. I too will have 2 out of 3 in two-week-overnight camp in one month. I seriously can not even imagine what our life will look like with just one kid at home.

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    Comment by OHmommy on June 6, 2013
  3. i adore a mom that admits that it’s nice to be down a couple kids for a while! GOOD for you!!!

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    ali replied on

    Grins.

    I’m one to tell it like it is :)

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    Comment by Stephanie on June 6, 2013
  4. Shoot, sending my kid off to JK for the first time was traumatic. I can’t even imagine sending him to camp. I’d die a little inside and then I would realize that “Hey, I can sleep in and I can eat this peanut butter cup without someone begging me to have a piece.”

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    ali replied on

    The thing is, really, that they are off having the best time. Camp was such a huge part of who I am, and it’s even where I met my now husband. I want them to experience that…so it makes it a lot easier to send them away.

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    Comment by Kimberly on June 6, 2013
  5. She is not going to know what to do!!!

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    Comment by Kristabella on June 6, 2013
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