Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I'm Going to Miss You!

It was with a heavy heart that I accompanied my 2 oldest girls to the buses this morning. The ones that take them off to Young Women's camp for 5 days.

Without me.

It's Thumbelina's first year of camp. I'm sure ElemenoB will take great care of her, but...

Who will make sure they sing camp songs? I mean, if you don't get crazy with camp songs, it's not the same experience. And is anyone besides myself brave enough to teach the girls "Midnight Train"? Will they still sing the banana song? Will they do the motions during flag ceremonies if I'm not there to break the "cool" barrier?

Who will take them on nice, long hikes? Not the wimpy ones where they walk around the lake and call it a day. I'm talking a hike to Lone Pine. Around the outer rim of the mountains surrounding MIA Shalom! Is someone going to do that if I'm not there?

Who's going to start the water fights in the canoes? The kind where you lure another canoe, preferably full of YW leaders, over to yours by talking really quietly so they have to get closer to hear you and then WHAMMO! you soak them to the core with one smooth motion of an oar in the water and paddle away as quick as you can. It's not as good without the water fights.

Is someone going to stay up all hours of the night with them, playing silly games and chatting and laughing and having a rip-roaring good time getting to know them?

I'm just saying...

I'm sure going to miss camp this year.

(and my girls)

17 comments:

~j. said...

I have a few more years to wait, but my heart aches thinking of my girls going to camp without me.

At least their father will get to visit them each day.

Maleen said...

It sounds like you need to volunteer for camp director...would they ever turn down a volunteer?? Of course, baby O might object to you leaving.

Gerb said...

~j-
Maybe in a few years' time you will get to go with your girls. Are you a camper? It is such a joy to share in that experience with your own girls, along with the howevermany others! (And maybe I'll get to be there, too.)

Gerb said...

maleen-
I don't think it's any secret in my ward what my calling would be if I had a choice! Most people think I'm crazy.

Mom not Mum said...

I have wanted to go to girl's camp since I got out of young womens - some day!!!

Gerb said...

Mom (not mum)-
Move to Utah and maybe we can go together sometime! ;)

Cami said...

Camp just won't be the same this year. (Without us there.)

A certain YW (name witheld to protect the innocent...or not so innocent, as the case may be) wasn't even excited to go to girl's camp this year. But being the good YW she is, she went anyways.

What good YW we have in our ward. I miss them, and I'll miss them even more when we move.

Rebecca J. said...

I went to girls camp the second week in June. We were supposed to be the second group to go in, but ended up being the first group because of all of the snow. It was cold, muddy, there was snow everywhere and we had no running water, but it was a great week. I love girls camp. I wish my boys could get just a taste of what the girls get when they take off on their scout campouts. Somehow it's just not the same. My daughter will finally be old enough to go with me next year. I can't wait. I better not be released before then...

Threeundertwo said...

Great post! Clearly you know what's important about going to camp. I used to love being a camp counselor. Now I feel the same way you do when I send my kids off -- will they do everything wonderfully right?

Teachinfourth said...

They won't be gone forever...before you know it, they'll be back and you'll say to yourself, "Oh, has it been a week already?"

Gerb said...

cami-
It was a good time last year and I don't think it can be topped. Maybe it's better we didn't get to go. And more than just the YW will miss you when you guys move.

holmes-
(I still always want to call you that...) I'm with you. Bring on the snow, wind, lightning, rain - nothing can ruin girl's camp for me.

3under2-
I can only hope there are other adults there who are still 16 at heart and can get a little crazy.

tchn5th-
It already seems like they've been gone forever and I've got another 3+ days left to wait!

Holmes said...

Can I just say that I love that you called me "Holmes." I'll sign my comments like that from now on. It brings back such great memories. I love it! I can just see the "h" hand shape starting at the forehead and swooping back to illustrate my lovely feathered and flowing bangs. Those were the days...

~j. said...

Uh...I used to be a camper. LOVED going to girls' camp, and during the summer would occassionally just keep my sleeping bag with me and sleep under the stars wherever I happened to end up at night. At this point in my life, though, I view camping as going outside to do four times the work I'd do indoors, so no thanks. Getting to go with my girls, though, that would be a different story. And it would be great if you were there, too.

Rebecca said...

9 kids including 2 older girls feels easier than 7 without. (I'm assuming. I know it's a true principle with fewer numbers, at least!)

But YW Camp without Gerberta...I KNOW what that feels like, and it's a sad, sad feeling.

Gerb said...

holmes-
Awesome. Your name sign continues to be one of my favorites to this day. My other favorite? You guessed it: Curbishley.

~j-
Camping with family vs. camping at YW camp are definitely 2 whole different things. I always say camping with the fam is just as exciting as being at home... plus a whole lot of packing stuff and dirt.

Rebecca-
Make that 6 little kids without the THREE oldest. Coolister is at scout camp this week, too. I've got 6 kids age 9 and under at home. They all went with me to a doctor's appointment yesterday and it was like herding cats!

Coolister said...

Oh sure, write the girls a blog for going to girls' camp. I was gone for two weeks and you didn't write me a blog.

Chelle! said...

Sorry to make ALL of you jealous!!! But I GET THE PRIVILEDGE AND OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND A WEEK WITH THE MOST AMAZING YOUNG WOMEN IN THE WORLD--especially the two pictured here!!!

Personally, I am grateful that I have this pleasure. I hate to see it end. Also, -j. (I can not find the squiggly part) thanks, for sharing your husband with all 230 of us!!!