First Day of Camp


We’ve been anticipating this day with equal parts excitement and dread (at least on my part!) knowing that Jasper would be getting on a bus by himself for the first time and going to a camp where he’s never been before.

I’ve blogged many times before about how he’s not great with transitions and this will be his first change since he started at daycare when he was just 3 months old.  Even still sometimes when I would drop him off to daycare pre-k where he has known everyone his whole life he would still beg me to stay for a few minutes with him.. and that’s why I just can’t imagine him getting off that schoolbus with his little monkey backpack and his baseball cap and seeing a whole unfamiliar world surrounding him!

Jeff did bring him to meet his counselor yesterday at the meet and greet and he will be in the same troop as three of his good friends so I’m 90% sure he’s going to be fine – probably MORE than fine, but I just couldn’t help but be completely weepy when he greeted the bus counselor shyly and climbed aboard:


After he got on the bus at 8am sharp, Jeff went to work and I got the girls ready for our day and the house was so quiet without Jasper.  As I ran around gathering our supplies for the girls at daycare I would see Jasper’s daycare bag with his sheets for nap (they don’t nap at camp) and just get teary all over again.

I’m just so in awe at how quickly he’s growing up.

And Jasper if you ever read this someday, I want you to know how proud your daddy and I are of you, and how you willingly got on that school bus to meet whatever unknown awaited you like the brave boy you are.

We love you so much and can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!


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ariana says:

Update: He got off the bus, seemed in good spirits but was a black hole of information!!! All I managed to get out of him (with much prompting) was that they were making a bug cage in woodworking (but they could only use glue, not tools) that they played dodge ball, danced, had chicken for lunch and that he spilled his chocolate milk on his shorts and had to wear his bathing suit home. But, he wasn’t traumatized and hopped back on the bus this morning, so all in all I think his first day was a success!

Pamela Frankel says:

You made me teary. I’m sure he’s having so much fun!!’

ariana says:

I know, I’m sure he’s having a blast! I just MISSED him this morning..

Ava says:

Breathe, mama! He’s gonna do fine :)