We took our maiden voyage as a family into the great wilderness of the Chilhowee campground with our churchies. Times in a tent were had. Most of them were exhausting. Loverpants spent most of the time feeling under the weather and packing and cooking food over a Charlie Brown -esque stovetop. I spent most of the time telling Little Man to stop showing the other campground inhabitants the full moon before dark (oy). Baby Girl spent most of the time having an absolute ball, and her infectious sense of adventure and frivolity made it all feel so worth the effort.
I don’t know why it took us six years to camp as a family, but I’m so glad we finally did. Seeing my kids in a whole new environment, outside the comforts of PBSKids on Demand, a pantry full of snacks, and fluffy beds was revealing. I learned a lot. Like how my children have evolved to not need me so much. They can explore and return; they can make new friends and come back to me for snuggles. The helicopter propellers will still spin phdumb phdumb phdumb but the aircraft doesn’t have to hover so close. It felt good to be able to sit and read a book. It felt better to still look around and see my favorite 3 people all under one nylon canopy, asleep against the din of a whippoorwill during mating season. I am so tired from the weekend and I can’t wait until the next time we get to sleep under the stars. I’m pretty sure we can count on a full moon either way.
On the way to the campground, Baby Girl went reeling out to the car with a huge backpack.
Loverpants: What’s in there?
Baby Girl: You’ll find out!
Loverpants: I don’t want to find out!
We later found out. No one else had packed pillows but the stuffed pig had his own. No Girl Scout badges were earned for that one.