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Girl Scout Camp

June 26, 2011

Today, my family reached a milestone. We took my 8 and a half year old daughter to a week-long, overnight Girl Scout Camp. This is the first time she’s ever been away for any length of time and not with family or close friends.

The drop-off itself was uneventful. It took over two hours to handle all the paperwork and get her settled. One of her good friends will be her partner this week, so she knows at least one person. When we left, the two of them were chatting away happily – joining the larger group heading for a swim test at the lake. I had to remind her to give her mom a hug good-bye. That’s as it should be, I guess.

I wasn’t expecting how I would feel now, though. I always get an update on the day’s events at dinner. And I put the kids to bed unless I’m traveling. Tonight… well, I don’t know how she did in her swim test and she’s putting herself to bed. I know this will be good for her. A little taste of independence will help her grow.

It’s just… we’ve reached a milestone in my family.

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