Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 08:36:57 -0500
My son (and I) survived his first summer camp. I went down to Camp Cherokee
in Athens, Texas on Friday right before lunch with another parent. The
heat was about 110. My heartfelt thanks to all the dads who suffered thru
the heat and the homesickness to give this time to the boys! I was going
to camp Friday nite, but between the heat and some health problems,
thankfully, found a parent who was driving back. CJ came back with me.
I know some of his leaders were not happy that he came back a day early,
but he was worried about "his mom". Now I know, not to go down and give
any indicatation that I may stay and not be able to follow thru.
Apparently CJ did well. One of the leaders, who did not know he was my
son, was stating that CJ was extemely easygoing and helpful. Never
complained. I, of course, did not recognize this description.
He insisted on doing his own packing. He got blisters because he had sand
in his shoes and only one sock for the 5 mile hike. The leaders were
impressed because he took responsiblity for what had happened. He did
complete the hike and informed me he won't make that mistake again.
He is not sure if he wants to go back next year. When he sees how much
he accomplished and some time passes, he may change his mind. Who knows.
At least he tried and made it thru one.
Again, had I not gone down, I don't think I would have appreciated everything
these leaders did. The heat and humidity sapped me quick. 30 boys, many
of whom got homesick to be "there" for.....again, words cannot state how
grateful I am to these men who gave up time for this. The sad part is they
were saying that they were sure some parents would be complaining the next
few weeks. Hopefully, they'll be wrong. I don't see how any parent could be
upset with these men.
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