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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Caring Heart: Success at Camp

Those of us lucky enough to be able to find a camp that fits our kids and is affordable then face the fears of how that week will go at camp.  Here is a celebration when the week goes well.

Success at Camp 

I picked him up from camp this morning.  Who was this child who bounded out to greet me?  Full of hugs.  Grinning from ear to ear.  Rushing off to say goodbye to all his new friends.  Actually introducing me to one of them?  And the ride home?  I don't think he stopped chattering for a moent until he finally admitted he was tired, closed his eyes and was asleep almost immediately.  Then I was the one grinning from ear to ear.  Checking him in the rear view mirror.  Thinking howo amazing the transformationw as.  This child who is afraid of the dark, who hears animal noises outside his bedroom in the middle of a city, who has trouble making friends, and rarely acknowledges my existence unless forced. What wonders might this week at sleep-away camp produced.  Will it lst? Please let this new excitement, this new connection continue.  Let him gain confidence from the new experience.  Help him see the positive reaction of those around him to this new attitude.  Let him continue to grow and to transform, and move forward.  And, if it is only temporary help me remember this time, and know that it IS possible.  To know that it can and will come again. Help him know that it is possible and that he CAN feel this way.  Either way, for both of us...Thank you. 

Excerpted from "The Caring Heart Speaks: Meditations for foster, kinship, and adoptive parents" by Gail Underwood Parker   Artwork by Anna Parker David from the book cover. 

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