summer camp

Briggs did everything I would have hoped when we dropped him off for his first week of summer camp.  Yet, I let a few tears drop as he walked away.

He was oozing with excitement and confidence upon arrival…especially as he met up with his buddy, Carson.

He didn’t ask us a single question.  He introduced himself to the counselors.  He didn’t look back.  Heck, he hardly even cared to say goodbye to any of us.

He and Carson have been waiting for this camp experience with great anticipation.

I could not be more excited for him.  Even as I sit here to write this I imagine him grinning at the stories being swapped around the campfire. I imagine him swinging like Tarzan from the rope swing.  I can visualize him stealing a few glances across the lake at a cute girl.

This camp exceeded my expectations 100 percent.  He will likely have the best week he can recall ever having in his first decade.

But I cannot believe my son is old enough to spend a week on his own in the woods.  There have been many signs of his growing age and maturity this summer, this being the pinnacle.

As a parent, I want independence and freedom for him.  And, I want him to feel confident enough to leave us without hesitation.  But as a mommy, I still want to hold him in my lap and need me.

I am perplexed.

4 Responses to “summer camp”

  1. Kathy Says:

    I am loving all the summer thoughts and photos and am there with ya

  2. Laura Says:

    Could I ask what the camp is calle or where it’s located? I’ve been looking for somewhere to send my son (10) and my nephew (11). We’ve from the Westfield area. This looks amazing. I can’t imagine the fun and memories they will have after camp. I still remember going to camp in 7th grade, it was a great time.
    Thank you.

  3. tiffany Says:

    Laura –
    I would love to share with you the camp name…once Briggs has returned. Mama Bear Stoner

  4. Betsy Roeder Says:

    Looks so cool! I wish I would have had the summer camp experience…something my kids will definitely do. I’m sure he’ll want to go back summer after summer.

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