We took Linden to Kerrville on this past Sunday knowing we would leave him for an entire week. There was no way I could leave him. I know he would have fun but wouldn’t he miss me? Wouldn’t he wonder when we were coming back?
To say the emotional separation was difficult is undeniably hard. Leaving my child for one week without me is one of the most difficult things I have ever done.
When we left him he was ready to engage in peer activity. He was ready to let go of Mom and Dad and just have a great time. I knew that by day 2 he would wonder “why am I still here?”. I myself wondered if I should call him to check on him. It took great strength to just let him be.
When we went and picked him up for the Awards Ceremony it was not what I expected. They had the parents come in and sit behind a railing while the campers came in after completely separated from us. All I wanted to do was hold my little man and tell him how much I missed him but I had to wait an hour and a half, torture! I just wanted to wrap my arms around him and tell him how much I missed him. The wait was antagonizing!
Finally the evening ceremony was over and I could hug the arms of my child. He was over stimulated and over tired (not surprised). He was ready to come home. We loaded up and I spend the next hour drilling him of camp questions. I couldn’t wait to hear of his adventures. Of course he was exhausted but that didn’t stop me.
He crafted, swam, rode horses, had dance parties, did arts and crafts, archery, and many more things. He had an phenomenal time and says he wants to go back next year.
I am so proud of him for taking a leap and being independent with a new experience. He made so many new friends and looks forward to next year.