“Are we there yet? Move over!! Ahhh the Dog tooted
we were not allowed to say farted Mom, crack a window. Don’t make me pull this car over.”
These are all things overheard on the countless number of car rides back and forth to our summer rides to the cottage. Was it worth the trip? Fighting both my dog and my sister for backseat space? Nearly hurling at the ungodly smells and occasional dog vomit? Oh YES! Those summers growing up on the lake are my best memories of my childhood. Tipping canoes, fishing, climbing rocks and building forts. Eating chicken every Friday night, and Steak every Saturday. No, seriously, we had company every weekend, these were the “company” meals. My hostess with the mostess Mama served Chicken and Steak EVERY weekend. There were boat rides, swatting black flies, learning about raccoons and wild bears at the dump, and of course no TV. Sigh. These are some of my favourite memories of summer days past. Summers were sweet, we didn’t want for much.
Now grown up and married, with two kids of my own, I did the unthinkable. I married a “camp boy”. You know the kind, the one that reflects so fondly on his days of summer camp, his nights of high jinx, the friends he made, the campfires, the adventures he had. All this “Summer Camp was the BEST” talk, it gets a couple to talking. Which way is the right way to spend our summers? Sending the kids off for a Camp experience, or cottaging it. Our decision, do both!
At ages 10 and almost 13 I can confidently say my sweet girls have tried a ridiculous number of summer camps. Gym camp, swim camp, horseback riding camp, volleyball camp, art camp, theatre camp, sports camp! The list goes on and on. No sleep away camp….yet! Is there a perfect camp out there for my babes? I think the ideal camp is the one where they come home at the end of the day with their sides sore from laughing, where they are exhausted from learning, and yet eager to go back the next day. The perfect summer camp is whatever helps brings smiles to their faces and joy to their hearts.
At the end of the summer if we have made some warm fuzzy memories they can carry in their hearts for a lifetime, I know I have done my job.
I’m looking forward to a summer spent watching my girls make all kinds of memories. Our decision for this summer, both camps and cottage time! Is it too soon to start a countdown?
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