I had a disappointing day at work. I hate when people let me down (nothing blog worthy -- without getting Karled). I put in my time, rushed to get The Boy at camp.
When I dropped him off in the morning, he'd been a bit apprehensive about the day ahead. The day camp was heading off to a water amusement park. (It's a ski hill in the winter.) We woke up to pouring rain and I think he'd hoped the whole thing would be cancelled. The Boy isn't really a dare devil, he's more cautious. I was a cautious child too. I try to gently encourage him to try new things. Sometimes, you just have to push your limits. But he was on my mind all day -- I was just a tad worried. (Parenting is such a balancing act.)
The camp is held at a local community centre. It's like the mother ship of day camps. (I kid you not they run like 15 camps a week, it's all kids all the time.) So pick up in the after-camp is a bit of mayhem. Big play-structure and I'm not sure what The Boy is wearing. (Turns out he was inside getting candy -- yes, I gave him a dollar.) I track him down and get a massive smile.
"Mom! Do you know what we did today?"
(Big sigh of relief in my head.)
Then he talked my ear off about his favourite rides. He said he was a little scared but that he and tiny Q had a blast. He came in second in one of the races. And he adored the ride called The Mammoth, and how he was too big for the kid section. Over dinner The Man explained about waterslides being like roller coasters. (We'll get him on one.)
"So Mom! When can we go?"
I was both hoping and afraid of that. Looks like I'll be subjecting myself to that special hell that is sports swimwear shopping. I can already hear the story "... Then Mom lost her bottoms!!!" Public nudity is best left to drunken starlettes without wig tape.
The Boy had had a good day and as I watched him post-dinner, it was clear that he was running out of steam. It amazes me how you can see tired in kids bodies. He had a happy exhausted and that peaceful sleep that comes from a long hard fun active day. Just the way summer should be.
I'm going to steal his happy sleep tonight, and think about the excitement of good happy days and our upcoming vacation.