Thursday, July 3rd 2014
It’s that time of year. We get calls from anxious parents whose children (or teens) are sharing some homesickness or separation challenges. We console and normalize. The same holds true for campers’ first letters.
We love when parents share their first camper letters. I still cherish mine. Happiness, some sadness, new friends, counselor stories, the food is great, the food ‘stinks’, I ‘need this’, I ‘want this’, please send me…..
Please do NOT read into these (i.e. do not over analyze). Letters are written in moments of intense feelings. And those feelings go away typically as soon as the next activity occurs. Call the camp IF a pattern develops; not at the first letter. Senior staff will look into this; they want campers to succeed and be happy.
Save these letters! Create a special folder/container that withstands time. You will want to read these again and again. And your kids will get a kick out of them even when they return at the end of this summer. Don’t be surprised it they say something like, ‘oh yeah, I remember it was raining that day, and I was bored.’ Or, ‘I don’t remember writing that.’ You think, if only I knew then!
Share your stories with others; you will see you and your thoughts are not alone.
Now put the letters away, enough with the social media. Go connect with others and enjoy this long holiday weekend – in person.