Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer camp can be frightening, especially for moms

My daughter turned nine in what I call the summer of my bleeding heart. It all started when her cousin mentioned the two of them going to summer camp. My daughter was ecstatic. I, on the other hand, terrified. I'd never let go of her for a whole week. Would she remember to bathe? Who would come her hair? What if she cried for me at night? Despite such tormenting questions, several weeks later found us at the place of surrender.

For the rest of the story, I hope you'll click over to Emily's wonderful blog, Chatting at the Sky, where I am honored to be guest blogging for her today, while she finishes up a book she's working on. I, for one, can't wait to read it.

Thanks, Emily, for this opportunity.

chatting at the sky

12 comments:

  1. I read this at Chatting at the Sky before I saw that you had it here. I love it so much. I could relate, as usual, to what you write and the feelings expressed. I LOVE the "summer of my bleeding heart" part.

    It is a continual blessing to read your writing.

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  2. Thank you so much for writing for me today! It is a blessing to have your words to share. What a gift.

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  3. Loved your heart-wrenching story over at Emily's today!

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  4. Hi Dayle, loved seeing you over at Emily's!

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  5. I remember the first time I was signed up to go to summer camp. The day came and I wouldn't go! Luckily my own children were much braver . . .

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  6. Your use of the word "surrender" is a perfect description of how I felt when I let our children head off to summer camp. Though I don't think I gave in until the last moment. Even then it was one of the hardest things I've done.

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  7. What a wonderful Mama you must be...raising such a brave girl! My kids are the same age as yours, but we haven't crossed this bridge yet. When we do, your words will give me courage and comfort! Thank you!

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  8. What a wonderful story, Dayle. That brought me much comfort today.

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  9. Hi Dayle

    What a great post. I loved it - my son just moved to TX and Tues and my heart is bleeding a little right now. Thanks so much for dropping by for Pink Sat.

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Leann

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  10. Your sweet letting-go story was a perfect feature! Full of mama love :)

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  11. My daughter, 21, leaves Friday to be a Camp Counselor for the summer. She did it last year, too and I was impressed by the other counselors I met on numerous visits there. Yes, your little one may miss you at times but kept so busy, and have so much fun, that before she knows it- camp will be over. As a parent, there are so many transitions we see our kids go through. This is a big step for both your daughter and yourself. God bless!

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  12. My daughter was about that age when she went to Girl Scout camp. You're right. It's hard to let go. I'm going to read the rest of the story now. Thank you for sharing.
    BTW, the link on S.S. didn't work so I fixed it.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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