Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, July 19, 2009 11:02 pm

Dang, they grow up fast

Filed under: Hooper — Lex @ 11:02 pm

We dropped Hooper off today for his first stay at sleep-away camp. Coincidentally, his cabin mates include a guy he knows from school and a guy he knows from church, but he’d have been happy in a room full of total strangers — he was really jazzed about this. In fact, he was so jazzed that he stopped bouncing off the walls at one point just long enough to say to one of his counselors, “I’m overreacting, aren’t I?”

Have a great time, buddy. We’ll see you Friday night.


  1. Had the same experience last week when I dropped Harry, 10, at his first sleepaway camp. The first night, we had the heaviest thunderstorms in Burgundy since 1967, and the kids were in TENTS! His mother and I were pacing our bedroom at 2 a.m., wondering whether we should try and go rescue him. Long story short: Despite lightning, hail and 120 mm of rain in 24 hours, he survived. But next time, he said, he’d prefer to go to a camp with cabins rather than tents. Lucky Hooper!

    Comment by Blair — Monday, July 20, 2009 2:34 am @ 2:34 am

  2. Wow. That’s a LOT of rain.

    Yeah, Hooper’s accommodations are pretty luxe in camp terms. When I went to the old Camp Steere on Lake Wylie in the early 1970s, some Scouts stayed in tents. My troop stayed in a cabin with a screen door and windows. We got some rain that week but not much wind, which was good, because a good sideways rain would’ve come straight through those screens and onto my bed.

    I hope Harry has a great time!

    Comment by Lex — Monday, July 20, 2009 8:55 am @ 8:55 am

  3. Lex and Blair – How emotional were you about this? Our son’s first camp trip away from home was uexpectedly emotional for both his parents. He has been a type 1 dibetic since age one, and his camps have all been diabetes camps, so we knew he was in good hands, but still. He had depended on us for so much, and we were so used to being in extra control of his well-being. We were weepy all the way home. He’s 21 now and in excellent health, btw. Lex, Hooper bears a striking resemblence to our Christopher!

    Comment by MarkH — Monday, July 20, 2009 4:27 pm @ 4:27 pm

  4. Mark, I wasn’t all that emotional about it, mainly because Hooper was so psyched about going.

    But you know how you develop this sense of where your kid is, whether he’s elsewhere in the house or at a friend’s or whatever? I sat up for about 1.2 seconds last night, thinking, “I DON’T KNOW WHERE HE IS!” before I remembered. That has never happened to me before.

    I can only imagine what it must have felt like to take Christopher to camp. Both my brothers have Type 1 diabetes, although they were both in their 20s when diagnosed.

    Comment by Lex — Monday, July 20, 2009 5:32 pm @ 5:32 pm

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