Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mom's Letter To Her Summer Camp Kid

John's at sleep away camp, Day 9. No letter home...yet:

Dear John,

Are you o-k? Are you having fun? Did a mountain lion carry you off? Were you eaten by bears? I do think you actually did get on the right bus, because I saw you in a picture from camp that your counselor's sent me. You looked pretty happy, but maybe they said that they wouldn't feed you if you didn't smile for the picture. I know how much you like to eat.

Since I haven't gotten a letter yet, I'm wondering if you wandered off from camp? Did you take a wrong turn on a hike? Are your counselors afraid to tell me that they can't find you? Maybe they figure that you're just as lost on Saturday as you are today, so they might as well tell me that they've lost you when I go to pick you up.

On the other hand, maybe you are locked in a cage with the other boys because you are all too hyper and the counselors need a break? Or, it could be that you won the video award and you and all of your friends are in the special video room with the big, comfy couch and videos and movies on 24 hours a day with lots of sodas and chips--therefore no time to write your mom.

Seriously, we all totally miss you and look forward to seeing you when you get back. Write, write, write, write, so that I can hear about all of the fun that you are having with both your old and new friends.

Love, Mom (Remember me? I gave birth to you!)

P.S. If you can't find a pencil, maybe you could scratch me a note in a piece of wood or a stone. Don't send me a smoke signal, though, I don't want you playing with fire. :)


Jennifer said...

LOL! I wonder if this is what it'll be like when they finally move out of the house and become adults? Incommunicado for weeks at a time? ;-)

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Probably just having so much time - but your child surely misses you, too!

San Diego Writer Girl said...

I would think that no news is good news. I got a letter from my son that arrived day before he was coming home. It said, "I am so bored. Please come and get me."

I spoke to him two nights before he came home (my husband was calling it a hostage situation and demanded to speak to my son). Jack said he was having a great time. Best week of his life. So I think most kids hate it the first two days of separation, then they warm up to it and by the end of the week, they are having a grand ole time. Keep us posted!

Helene said...

Um, well, I went to sleep-away camp 4 summers in a row (for 8 weeks each time, in another state). I didn't write my parents often either...though I don't think you want to hear why.

He's probably having a blast with his friends!!! I always figure no news is good news!

Your PS totally cracked me up!!!

Helene said...

Oh another thing...I'm not sure how much longer he'll be gone but if it's a couple more weeks at least, send him a care package!! I used to love when my parents sent me those....I still didn't write home but those care packages were awesome!!!