This is my daughter’s ninth summer attending resident Girl Scout camp. She’s been handling preparing and packing for the last few years.
But this year, her drama almost made me lose my mind.
Because that’s what teen girls do, right?
Our recent road trip should have made this simple. She needed to take clothes out of one suitcase, launder them and repack in a bigger suitcase.
Except she just didn’t do it.
Until Thursday. I ordered her makeshift riding boots on Tuesday with two-day shipping, except the web site acted up and my husband had to do it over from a different computer and forgot the 2-day shipping.
Luckily, they arrived Friday evening.
Drop off at Camp Wood Haven is Sunday, 1-4. Saturday she makes a list of things she needs, including the shampoo she just lost after our road trip, a new water bottle despite the fact that we have a million, and a swimsuit because suddenly the two bikinis I bought her a few weeks ago aren’t good enough.
But we did it. And got her the cutest black one piece with scalloped edges.
Then this morning her shoelaces broke and while she had compiled a list of addresses to send mail, she didn’t have stamps.
So I went to Payless and got shoelaces AND spare shoes. Stopped at the grandparents because old people always have stamps.
And we decided to go to IHOP since it was a highlight of our road trip. The IHOP was packed so full it would have failed a fire inspection.
So we ended up at Arby’s. My sandwich didn’t agree with me but darn do I love their cookies.
We arrive at camp. It’s 100 degrees. Really, it is. They ask her to grab her swimsuit for her swim test. She forgot it.
“How?” I ask. “We bought it yesterday?!?!”
They ask her if she has a sports bra and gym shorts. Nope. She only wears jean shorts.
Now I should have made her wear left behind lost and found clothes. But she is my baby and she looked so sad.
So instead of accompanying her to her unit, I went to WalMart 30 minutes away.
I hate WalMart. But through the farms and Mennonite country, my husband and I went to WalMart.
I found this cute blue suit. Blue is her favorite color.
I was going to ask someone at the customer service desk to staple a note on it so the camp can deliver it.
It was too busy.
I saw these brown paper sacks at the cafe. I can write on those. Smile.
I got to the car and realized I forgot my iPhone X. I have NEVER done that before. Luckily the cashier noticed.
Phone retrieved and swimsuit delivered.
We won’t know until Friday if the child liked it.
Left for camp: about 11:45
Arrive at IHOP after grandparents: 12:50
Arrive at camp: about 2:20
Left camp: 2:50
Returned to camp from WalMart: 4:05