Earlier this month I wrote about the challenge of planning a summer party for our birthday boy. But what I neglected to tell you about was the upside of having a summer birthday. Specifically, being able to celebrate your special day with several hundred children and counselors at summer camp.
In fact, it’s this summer celebration, which wouldn’t be complete without a summer care package from mom & dad, and being hoisted in a chair and paraded around the wiffle ball park (aka “Thunderdome”), that almost ensures that we will not see our son on his birthday for many years to come.
It’s a funny thing not seeing your child on his birthday. Driving down to camp he informed me that we wouldn’t “never see this Anders again.” And while that may be a bit extreme, there is a touch of truth to the statement.
Two weeks away from home will change him – he will have met new people, tried new things, and reconnected with those he met last year. He will have spent two weeks making decisions for himself – what to wear, what to eat, and what activities to sign up for. Hopefully he has had a good time, but I’m sure he’s also had some down moments that he’s had to manage himself.
I’ve watched, thanks to BunkOne, some of the moments he’s had a camp. In many cases the photos have captured candid moments – some that have assured me of his happiness. Some which have left me a little worried and frustrated at not knowing the details.
So I guess my son has it right. In one week we will be picking up our son – not different than the one we dropped off, but also not the same. He might be surprised that the same goes for his parents.
In the meantime – I can’t wait to see this year’s photo of our son in the chair.
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