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Things I Learned from Camp

June 19, 2011

We are starting to settle back into a routine after summer camp. The kids had a blast and I learned a few things too. Here are a few I thought you might like to know about.

Things I Learned from Sending Kids to Summer Camp

  • It takes half-a-century and an act of congress to get kids ready to go to camp.
  • It takes a week to recover from packing for camp.
  • I can really get a lot accomplished when I am not distracted by kids.
  • After about 2 days, the lack of distraction gets lonely.
  • Having a week alone with Mr. Heart is really quite nice.
  • The house stays cleaner without kids in it.
  • No matter how many clothes you pack at least one kid will complain about not having enough to wear
  • Packing soap and towels is no guarantee that boys will shower.
  • The kids don’t miss you nearly as much as you miss them.
  • You must explicitly tell boys how often they must shower. Otherwise, they will think that the shower they took before they left home is enough to last them for the whole week.
  • Boys can come up with really creative excuses for skipping showers.
  • Teenage girls might just be more homesick than their younger brothers.
  • Boys can bring home approximately 3.8 metric tons of red dirt on their belongings when they return home from camp.
  • Packing healthy snacks is not a guarantee that kids will actually eat them.
  • It will take longer to unpack the stuff that went to camp that it did to pack it.
  • New shoes and clothes that went to camp will never, ever look new again.
  • Even if you don’t go to camp, your clothes are going to get red dirt in them.
  • Sometimes, what looks like sunburn is actually red dirt.
  • It is really good to have the kids back home.
  • But whatever you do, don’t tell them how much I missed them.
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