Big A really is big! She'll be turning 9 in a few weeks, but she seems so much older than that. Partly its because she is big for her age, and mature, and I think partly kids are maturing faster these days or maybe that's just my perception since I am now 'old' or so my kids tell me.
Tonight Big A is leaving to go camping with her Brownie troop for the weekend. She won't be back until Sunday! I can't believe it. But I am not worried, she is such a confident, independent girl I know she'll be fine.
There is nothing I would rather do less than go camping. No air conditioning in the summer? No showers? Bugs? Potentially dangerous wild animals? Psychopaths hiding out in the woods? A million ways to fall and injure yourself far away from a hospital? No thank you!!!
Now before you call me a wimp, keep in mind that I am highly allergic to insects. I went camping as a Brownie and Girl Guide as a kid. I remember not minding it when we went in spring or fall when it was cooler and there were no bugs, but I recall the time we went in the summer coming home an itchy, uncomfortable misery. I remember my sympathetic father counting 43 mosquito bites on my tiny body before plunking me in the bath and my mother covering me in calamine lotion (which never helped much).
In any case, I think both girls are excited for the weekend: Big A because of her camping adventure, and Little A because she gets undivided parental attention for a few days. Big A definitely doesn't have to worry about the lack of air conditioning at least...we're back to winter-like weather!!
Unfortunately, Sunday is going to be utter chaos. I teach my spin class in the morning, Little A goes to Hebrew School, then Adam is taking Little A to swim lessons, then Big A returns from camping, we have to get the girls to their cousin's birthday party, and I have my book club meeting. Its all good stuff though, so I am looking forward to it.
Have a healthy, happy weekend!