I’ve been putting off writing this post in the same way I’ve been avoiding finishing the labeling I started yesterday. But my kids are going to sleep-away camp tomorrow morning, so it simply has to be done. Today.
Here’s the thing I didn’t realize before this week: even if your kids are going to sleep-away camp for just a week, they still have to bring exactly the same number of things they’d have to bring if they were going for eight weeks. I’m not sure why this didn’t occur to me, but it just didn’t. I had glanced at the packing list months ago, but assumed a mini-list would be sent to us parents dipping our toes in the sleep-away camp waters with a week of mini-camp.
But the thing is, for the longer camp sessions the camp does laundry once a week. If you go for a week, you don’t get your laundry done, and still need the same amount of stuff.
No, I take it back. When I called Monday to ask about an alternate packing list, I was asked if my kids routinely wet the bed. Nope. OK, then they only have to bring one set of sheets, instead of two. Uh, OK. Great. That will certainly lighten the load. That means only 300 items to label and pack instead of 303.
Every sock. Every pair of underwear. Everything has to be labeled.
And I still can’t find my Mabel’s Labels. So pretty much everything is getting the laundry pen treatment. And my once legible writing is getting more ridiculous with every item labeled.
Want to bet they still come home with all the wrong stuff?
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