August 9 12

Emily is back from camp.

Her bags are unpacked, her feet are clean—finally.

She is already missing camp.

My life is essentially like that episode of Full House when DJ and Stephanie come home from Camp Lakota with inside jokes and stories and weird songs and they only wanted to go back to camp. Anyone? Anyone?

This is the face that both Danny Tanner and I make every time we hear a story we don’t understand.

“Oh hahahah. Mustache night *was* so funny. Uh huh.”

“Oh, that game of gaga really *was* THE BEST!”

“Remember when the GOPHER asked us to the banquet? TOOOO FUNNY! Gopher 2012, yo!”

Don’t get me wrong. I’d so much rather have her this way—a lover of overnight camp. From the moment I put my firstborn on a bus full of strangers, I worried. That’s what we do, right?

I worried that she wouldn’t be warm enough, that she wouldn’t make friends, that she’d be homesick, that she didn’t bring the right shoes, that she didn’t have enough bathing suits, that she wouldn’t eat, that she would get sick. It turns out, of course, that all my worrying was for nothing. Typical, I realize. Thanks to, I was able to see daily photos of my Emma. I took screenshots and put them up annoyed the crap out of everyone  on facebook.

Swimming, boating, rock climbing, baking, kayaking, dancing, singing, performing, eating, overnighting.


All smiling.

I mean, come on.

I am so thankful that this was a good, nay great, experience for her. She did things she has never done before. She made some great new friends who live all over the world (well, Michigan and Minnesota, mostly). She has inside jokes and stories she will never forget. She has a camera full of faces of people she loves. She is a camper for life. She came home looking older, looking more mature somehow. As if this camp experience left traces on her face was proof that this was the first thing she had that was all her own—no trace of Mama on this adventure at all. It’s all hers. This was the first big step towards independence. Soon she’ll be babysitting, then driving, then bringing boys home, then pledging a sorority.

There is no evidence of little girl left in my little girl, except for in stature.

(And maybe in the way she is already begging, begging, begging for me to register her for camp.)

So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just be over here signing my kid up for next summer.

And making the Danny Tanner face.

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  1. I texted Emily last night and said you should let her blog so we can all read all about camp! I’m probably the only one that wants to know EVERYTHING!

    How did she love the new bedroom???

    I’m so glad she had such a good time!

    Comment by Kristabella on August 9, 2012
  2. She is writing a guest blog post AS WE SPEAK!

    Comment by ali on August 9, 2012
  3. Her bag is unpacked, but is yours?

    Comment by Avitable on August 9, 2012
  4. NOPE.

    Still totally packed.

    Comment by ali on August 9, 2012
  5. Oh, I knew that. Mine are still laying in the living room too.

    Comment by Avitable on August 9, 2012
  6. man, reading this made me nostalgic for my own sleep over camp experience. It really is something that I will never forget, I am glad to see that it seems to be the same for her 🙂

    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on August 11, 2012
  7. […] You know, all the things my daughter came home with last year. […]

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