|I ordered him a new lunch box for the occasion.|
There were a few familiar faces and he came home with a great report about the first day and on top of that that he managed to keep track of all of his things on his own, including his lunch box and accouterments and all of his swimming gear. I thought for sure something would be lost or forgotten, but evidently he's pretty responsible. He only ate three bites of his sandwich though, and didn't even touch the rest of his lunch including his cookie, on the first day but I imagine this will improve as he gets used to having so much wiggle room during lunch. Camp seems to lack structure, but I think Freddie loves just that. I am smiling just thinking about it. It is summer after all, right?
This is definitely a big step towards independence and responsibility, and a great transition into kindergarten. I am also glad to be putting a bit of time and space between his preschool experience and kindergarten just to help his comparing of the two. (Probably good for Mama too!) He'll be under the care of some young (college aged) counselors who will take the group about the neighborhood and even on subway rides for field trips and mingling with kids whose families I don't know. It's a big leap of faith and trust for me, and the first time I think I'll really have my parenting tested since he'll be making his own choices in a larger unfamiliar setting where he isn't quite so protected and connected to Mama. But things are looking good because his camp counselor commented to me "Freddie is a great role model for the other campers. I am really happy he's in my group."
Onward, my dear, the world awaits.