Today was a BIG day for Evan and I. He got to become an overnight camper for the first time and I got to be a summer camp mom. Yep, my boy will be at overnight camp until Saturday.
While he has done a few sleepovers over the last year or so, it hasn’t been all that often and only at 2 friend’s houses. So this summer camp mom was/is a little bit worried about her not so little boy will do at camp.
After all the years of advocating for him at school and celebrating the small victories, it is hard to let go of the control of having him home. Where I can tell him he needs to take a break and maybe he can play with his friends more later. Unfortunately, that isn’t the real world, is it?
While that level of involvement works for me and my crazy, being comfortable isn’t my job. Nope. My job is to prepare him to grow and become the man I know he can be….without me. Whoa, just typing that gave me heart palpatations. Maybe “without me” is too strong. Because we all know he just has to fire up the bat phone and I will swoop in.
Instead, I guess I mean that he needs to learn how to be his best self whether I am there or not. Because I will always be his Mama but I won’t always be right there with him. Summer Camp is a big step in this journey.
So last night we read the list of things to bring and packed them in his backpack. We added stickers with his name on them to his shoes and his flashlight. He even picked out a book to pack in case he had time to read. This morning he was up before we went to wake him and he was ready to go.
We drove to the bus drop off and he joined the huge knot of kids milling around in front of 4 school busses. We dropped his backpack and sleeping bag into the huge mound of luggage and looked around to see if we could find his friend. No luck, they hadn’t arrived yet.
I asked “Would you like me to stay until they arrive?”
A few minutes later, we spotted his buddy and walked over to say hi. After about 3 minutes, he came over and said “You can go now, Mama.”
So now I have 5 days kid free. After almost a year of being together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, I think summer camp will be amazing for both of us. I can’t WAIT to hear all about it.