New foods tasted – lifesavers…clearly this child’s parents have been depriving him
New things touched – turtles, snakes and tide pools
The night hike was probably the scariest time of his young life because they were hiking along the edge in the dark of night…THE EDGE…THE DARK…people he could have died! At least that is how he tells it. Abby agreed that the night hike was scary back in the day when she attended science camp. Daniel, in turn, doubts that it was as scary of an experience for her as it was for him because he was hiking on the edge and he could have died.
Still, science camp was a lot of fun. Ace, his Naturalist instructor, taught him and his friends a lot about plant and animal life in the coastal redwoods region of California. Like what, you might ask? Well, it is all there in the journal, he will tell you. He will also tell you that the playground at the camp is fun. Oh, and dessert was served at every single lunch and dinner…unlike here under the Big Top.
Yes, clearly this poor child’s parents are depriving him!
Everyone and everything is missing Daniel here under the Big Top.
Even his bed, covered with his bedtime friends…yes, he sleeps with ALL of them…seems so forlorn.
I’m being pitiful, I know. This isn’t the first time I have sent a kid of mine off to science camp. I missed them all too…very much. Yes, I just wrote that for them because they do read this blog regularly. But yes, I did miss them all a lot when they were away. But I was certain that they were just fine…having fun…probably not missing me at all.
Of course the school’s attendance office calling the other day to inform me that my son was absent from school didn’t help. Not at all. I mean, yes, he was absent from school because he was with the rest of his fifth grade class, some of the fifth grade teachers and his school principal at science camp. Thank you for raising my blood pressure just a little and making me want to call the camp to make sure my child was okay and there at science camp. That’s exactly what I needed.
I didn’t call.
We won’t talk about how hard it was for me not to call.
He’s having fun.
He’s coming home tomorrow.
He’ll probably be so much more grown up too…just like his sisters were.
And yes, the Big Top is REALLY quiet. Of course Bill and Abby are at work and Jodie is at school right now. But still, it is REALLY quiet here under the Big Top. It’s always been that way when I have sent one of my kids off to science camp. I remember when Hollie went. Her best friend’s mom was devastated that week our girls were gone. I ran into her running errands during that week and she shared with me how much she missed her precious child. “Isn’t your heart just SHATTERED?!“, she tearfully asked me. Honestly, no. I missed her, that much was true. I missed her a lot…when I wasn’t rushing Zoë and Abby off to kindergarten and preschool and chasing after busy, busy, curious little Jodie. I did miss her. Still I was certain that she was fine. She was having a blast. She was good. I felt the same way as I packed up and sent Zoë, Abby and Jodie off to science camp too. I offered lots of hugs and kisses…as many as they would allow me to offer without embarrassing them in front of their friends…waved goodbye and then headed back home to juggle the rest of this circus life confident that they all were having a great time and making great memories…whether they kissed a banana slug or not.
Daniel will be fine too even if he won’t be kissing any banana slugs. Whether he wanted to or not he won’t be able to because you can not kiss a protected species because the salt in your saliva can harm them.
With his classmate and friend, Armando, by his side, I know that he will be just fine making many happy memories in the coastal redwoods of Northern Cali this week.
Something about this Monday today made it seem to be literally the suckiest of Mondays. I know this to be true because everyone I talked to today was having a long, drawn-out, no good, very bad kind of day today.
Well, except for Jodie who got the part-time holiday job that she wanted. For those keeping score that means that my youngest daughter now will be working three part time jobs as well as going to high school. That’s my little over achiever.
So yeah, Jodie was having a great day but everyone else, including me, was having a not so good day today. And then it was time for me to pick up Daniel.
My day just got so much better.
Daniel is headed off to Science Camp for the rest of this week. I am going to miss this all week long. I also just might cry a little because this is my baby and this is the very last time that I send one of my circus clowns to Science Camp.