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August 15, 2023 at 9:19 am #1124827

I think the site looks great and there’s nothing I can think of that feels like it’s missing. Exciting about the uptick in traffic, too! I really appreciate this community.

So I was never a summer camp kid. I was in fact the kid who eventually cried at sleepovers and ended up going home until I was probably six or seven. Even after I was fine with spending the night at a friend’s house, I know I’d have balked at the idea of going away for two weeks even in middle school. But then as things played out for my family, we were living overseas for awhile and our local international school in one city was so tiny and the instruction not-so-great that I ended up boarding at a school in a different city for a couple years at 13. One of my boyfriend’s nieces and I have the same birthday, she turned 13 this year and even though it’s been fun watching her turn into a young adult, I had a moment of hyper awareness on our birthday realizing how young it still is to be living away from home. I think I’d be a wreck if I were a parent and my kid was away from home for the first time. A friend told me a few weeks ago, when her oldest went away to camp for a week, that her daughter used her Garmin one night (I guess there was no way to call?) to tell her she was crying and miserable, and it made ME want to cry. And it’s not even my kid!