“Everything is fine,” began the message from our son’s camp.
This is how calls from school always begin. School – and this time camp – assumes parents have a no-news-is-good-news approach. We certainly have been repeating this to ourselves and everyone else who has asked how our son was doing at his first overnight camp.
With this attitude, you feel an instant of panic when there is news.
“He’s having a great time,” said the senior counsellor when my husband called back.
“He had a little trouble sleeping the first night, but is now sleeping well,,” continued the counsellor
The nights were definitely a concern. We have an intricate bedtime routine. Because of this, I was worried bedtime would be when he would miss us most. Apparently not.
“His favourite activity has been arts and crafts,” he said.
Is this my son? We wanted him to gain some independence, but become a different human being. He has disliked art his whole life but I guess it is easier to change when you are away from established expectations.
This was all excellent news and a massive relief.
They did say he was not eating as much as they expected. This is probably a result of the radical schedule shift from our 8 p.m. dinners at the cottage. The one exception was when they served chocolate cake. He ate everything on his plate that time.
So far, our nerve-wracking experiment is working. Fingers crossed it lasts the rest of the week.