picture from hereFor the first time in their lives the girls are attending a sleepaway summer camp this summer in NC. They were dropped off last Sunday (Father's Day) and will be there until July 9 (they'll arrive here on the 12th for their month long visit with us). It wasn't our idea and I'll be honest, we did have some serious concerns. Natalie has never spent more than a night away from her family and we were a bit worried how she'd do in the woods for three weeks. Given I never attended such a camp I really didn't know what to expect, but in talking to some of my friends here they mostly had positive things to say about them (whether from their own experience or for their kids). Combine that with Natalie's excitement over going and we couldn't help but be excited for her.
Jordan, on the other hand, at 14 felt the least "cool" place she could be spending her summer days is at some camp in the woods. Gotta say I don't blame her but Lee & I both told her that she'd probably be surprised by how much fun she'd have (how's that for being supportive of the ex's decision?) The last time we talked to her we kept trying to pump her up. She promised to write and today we got our first letter from them both...
hey there guys! i hate this place! i'm really homesick & i wanna go home soo bad! i really can't stay here for three weeks! i don't see how people do this! i'm trying to think of good things but it's not helping at all. well i love you guys!
Yep, totally broke my heart (and will break Lee's when he reads it). I promptly wrote her a second letter immediately after reading it (my first went in the mail this morning when I didn't have a clue as to how miserable she was) and asked a bunch of questions to try and find out why she hated it so much. My hope is that in between the time she wrote it and now, she's found she likes it more than she realized. I'm guessing the first couple days are the worst, right?
While I wasn't surprised to read Jordan's take on camp, I was incredibly surprised to read Natalie's (remember she was 100% pumped up and excited!)...
Hey Dad & Cyndi. I'm at camp right now. I'm extremely homesick. I don't really like it that much. Happy late Father's Day! I tried to call!!!! My guitar teacher at camp said hi! HaHa.... Awww i miss you guys so so so much!! I wanna go home!! I love you and miss you TONS!
Love, Natalie :-(
Seriously people, my heart is hurting! I know this is a great growth experience for them and they're probably having a grand ol' time by now but holy cow...their letters broke my heart.
I'm off to write a second letter to Nat and just wish I knew exactly what to say to make it better.