C, the oldest child, is getting ready to go to summer camp for the first time. Everything that’s going with her needs to be labelled. I’m trying desperately not to think about it too much in the midst of getting her all ready to go. She’s going to a remote wilderness camp that our family, through my husband, has a long history with. C will be the fourth generation in our family to go to camp at Tanager Lodge. My husband’s grandfather helped build the camp and he and his sister and cousins (and their parents) all spent many summers there as campers. Many of them spent time on the staff as well.
It’s a beautiful area near the northern boundary of the Adirondack Park. It’s not far from Malone, NY, which, for any Laura Ingalls Wilder fans, is where her husband Almanzo grew up. My husband and I have visited nearly every year since we started dating, including each child as he or she arrived, so it’s become a part of our personal geography. I’m looking forward to going there, but not to leaving C at camp, necessarily. Six weeks is a long time on this side of it.
Yesterday, in addition to the farmer’s market and grocery store trip, I turned a king sheet set I got on clearance at Homegoods into two sets of cot sheets for her. It wouldn’t have been my choice of color (pearly grey), but they’re soft and sturdy and 100% cotton so they should keep her cool or warm as needed.
Today the labelling saga continues!