Camp Drop-Off Day



Today is the day that Carter waits all year for drop-off at Camp Cheerio. This is her sixth and last year as a camper and apparently being a “Senior Camper” comes with a lot of privileges and fun. She started there going to the two-week girl session. Last year she added a stay over and a one-week of co-ed camp to her all girl camp and this year she is staying five weeks, two weeks girls, one-week co-ed followed by a two-week of co-ed. She has figured out a way to be a “senior camper” three times.


She has done nothing but talk about going to camp for weeks, but I think today she was actually a little sad about leaving us for five weeks. OK, maybe she was not sad about leaving us, maybe she was a little nervous about not having her phone, you tube and music for five weeks.


As we drove away from Durham we called her grandparents so she could say goodbye to them. Both grandfathers practically said the same thing to her, “Don’t break anything at camp.” Russ and I had the same conversation since we are going to be in Africa for a good part of the time she is at camp. I just remember being in Utah last year and getting a call from camp that Carter needed antibiotics and I needed to call the pharmacy by camp. I don’t know what will happen if she needs that kind of help this year?


As Russ and I were just barely off the mountain on our way home I saw a billboard for the Highway Outlet store JR’s that read “From Brassieres to Chandeliers”. I made a comment that I would not think of going to that store for either of those two items and wondered aloud who came up with that marketing campaign, aiming my conversation at Carter, then I realized she was not there. Luckily Russ, marketer that he is, found the bill board equally bizarre and kept my mind off the fact that I was not going to get to share these funnies with Carter for five whole weeks.


I’m sure Carter would have come back at me, “I bet that ad person first wrote from ‘Underwear to Hardware’ and some redneck at the store classed it up by changing it to ‘From Brassieres to Chandeliers.’”  I already miss Carter’s tough non-sensibilities and non-sensitivities. It’s going to be a long five weeks for me.

3 Comments on “Camp Drop-Off Day”

  1. edward w carter says:

    So if she needs a prescription,a doctor,or a hospital and the camp calls me and you are in Africa, don’t you think I need the drug store ,the various doctors names,specialties and their phone numbers and her health insurance carrier, id number and phone number so I can take the steps needed? Please e-mail it all and Cherio,s phone number and street address. Sorry to be a pain but I thought about it when you said the camp called for a prescription. And you will be just fine even If I have to go to Roaring Gap and load her in the back bed of the truck with both legs and arms in casts to stay with us. You might want to tell me where her I phone,I pad and her other nonessentials are so I can get them for her. And tell me who has your house key that can come and let me in the house. Also where will SheShe be? I will need to get her to care for the bug while she is here and tell me SheShe’s vets name and number along with her prescribed dog food and where I have to go to buy it. If any of her close friends will be in Durham while she is in camp give me their names and phone numbers so I can invite them . to the farm to stay with bug so she doesn’t get lonely. Finally please provide food tips of what to feed her and what not to feed her remembering the absolute dearth of ethnic food places here.I will be able to use Will’s Hurry Cane…walker and wheel chair to help her get around while in some of the casts. You also could tell me who her bone doctor is so I can get him to specify waterproof casts so I can let her lie on a big float in the pool all day and not hurt the casts. I figure I can lay her on a pallet like fertilizer comes on and pick her up with my fork lift on my tractor and dump her in the pool with my for lift. So far I believe I have thought through some of my needs as her emergency parent. But you may think of other things I may need. Oh one more thing …I will need Mr. Tuttles phone numbers…cell and church, so I can get him here several time to administer communion and extreme unction possibly.

    You know you mother frowns greatly on your visiting third world countries but If I have been equipped well by you she should be able to stick to her bridge, needle point, lunch and art schedule with out missing a single planned occasion filled with gratitude that you equipped me so expertly. One more thing…what boys do I invite to visit her and what boys,if they call to schedule a visit do I not allow in??? Have fun in darkest continent! xoo, Dad

    • You Know Mom should have worked on Wall Street and Dad should have been a stay at home Dad!On the other hand,he would never have parented us this way in the old days.We would have just been his laborers in the yard and kitchen and worked,worked,worked!

  2. Stephanie Perun says:

    Love Ed’s “letter”

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