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July 06, 2008

Saying Goodbye

GirlTomorrow we drop Angel, our eight year old, off at the bus for her very first sleep-away camp experience.  Of course I can't help but worry.  I'm worried she'll leave her clothes all over camp like she does at our house.  I'm worried she won't bathe for two weeks.  I'm worried she'll be abducted by aliens.  But mostly I'm worried she won't come home the same kid we dropped off.

So many of my major "firsts" happened while I was away at camp.  The first time I shaved my legs.  The first time I stood up to a bully.  The first time I wore make-up on a regular basis.  The first time I kissed a boy.  I wonder what significant life events will happen to Angel while she's away. 

Until now, I've been able to share those "firsts" with her -- the first time she smiled, the first time she rolled over, the first time she walked.  It was OK for her to change and grow while I was around to share it with her. But now she'll have to experience and process these new experiences all on her own, some of which she may not fully understand until she's much older (like how I now clearly understand that Scott Lefler was a terrible kisser and that french kissing is NOT supposed to make you gag).

She's at such a great age right now.  I wish I could seal her up in a bubble and send her off to camp so she can have lots of fun, but preserve her just the way she is right now. 

I know if I shared these thoughts with Hubby (which I absolutely have not because I'm no glutton for punishment), he'd say I'm being ridiculous.  She's only eight -- and what could possibly happen in 12 days?  Thing is, he's never been to camp.  He has no idea.

I know she'll have a great time.  Odds are, nothing significant will happen.  But I still can't help but feel that when we say goodbye to her tomorrow, we'll be saying goodbye to a small piece of her innocence.

An original Deep South Moms Blog post.  When she's not scouring her daughter's camp Web site for pictures of her daughter, writing her daughter emails and generally having a nervous breakdown about this new camp experience, Amy@UWM will be blogging at her personal blog Up With Moms.

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