This was the week that my big kids would be doing VBS and my five year old and I would have some time together. He said he didn’t want to do camp and he wanted time with mommy. Knowing all too well that these days won’t last, I told him we would have a week together of “Mommy camp.”
I could have made him go to camp or tried to get him interested, but deep in my heart I realize something that I didn’t with the older children at this age. This isn’t forever.
I remember when my older ones were babies and I worried about everything under the sun- did they get their naps, were they on schedule, should they have a pacifier, should they be allowed to sleep in the bed with Mommy, did I cuddle them too much? HA. It wasn’t forever. The things that seemed so big then passed so quickly.
SO when the five year old says he wants mommy camp…I knew all too well most likely this time next year he would be running off to camp without looking back. I would embrace the moment and give him a week of mommy all to himself.
The first two days weren’t picture perfect though. We had fun, but lots of hiccups too. Snakes (YES, I said snakes), rain storms, and salt-less pretzels (huh?…more on that in a minute…) all tried to dampen our fun, but they didn’t. We just pressed on and I knew all too well this wasn’t forever.
Then came today. Out of nowhere he announced, “I am going to camp!” He ran around his room trying to find blue and orange clothes- after all those were his team colors! he informed me. His big brother filled him in that it was team color day and they’d be on the same team, so he NEEDED blue and orange.
He leaped around the room withe excitement. And here I stood, feeling the sting of nothing lasting forever. Even mommy camp which was supposed to be a week, was cut short. When they are ready, they are ready…and here he was ready for camp.
I guess two days of Mommy camp was enough.
The solace I find is that even though mommy camp was short lived, we had those two days. Careful not to dwell in the past, we now embrace the fact that he LOVED camp, and even though my baby is growing up, there are always new moments to be made.
or we are left behind in a place all alone.
Here are some pictures of Mommy camp, along with some captions that I shared on facebook. I will always treasure those two days.
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