this is our 8th week in DC and it is the slowest week during this trip. Why? Because I have a half empty nest house. Sofia left for sleep away summer camp on Saturday. The departure was sad with Lizzy crying very hard as if Sofia is leaving for good. Even Sofia who has been super excited about this camp for weeks, was quite sad to see Lizzy being so sad. The connection between these two little girls who fight in a daily basis is so strong, which really melted my heart.
The camp was 2.5 hrs away from DC area and a friend’s husband was kindly offer to drive us there. We took metro to meet him. I was sad that Sofia was very into her reading instead of chatting with me before she had to go away for a week. Maybe because we had a huge fight that morning… maybe it’s just she growing, either way it made me sad
when we arrive, the place looks so serene and beautiful but very quiet. When I got a boy to ask where’s the check-in, he said it’s the next day. WHAT??? we came 24 hrs earlier? how did I make such a mistake? Obviously I couldn’t ask our friend to drive us again next day (although he would), so I begged the director to just take Sofia and hang out with the kids that was doing back to back camps. After some consultation, they kindly agreed! what a relief. They did a swab test and check for lice, and Sofia was good to go.
She went with the counselor to join the other kids for some pool time, then crafting before dinner and movie night. Sounded like a fun plan.
The next 48 hrs was hard for me as I had no way to communicate with her. Normally we can send her emails, they’ll print it, she’ll respond and scan it back to us. but since we basically started 24 hrs earlier, we wouldn’t receive anything until Monday afternoon. Monday morning I was too anxious and worried and called the camp to check on her. They took note and said someone will get back to me. 3pm still no news of Sofia, so I called again. The lady who answered the call said they’re scanning camp mails now and she’ll check if Sofia has something for us, and put me on hold for few minutes. Those were the hardest minutes… every scenario came to mind and I was so worried that she’ll say “oh, we don’t have a Sofia xx here”. Fortunately that dramatic scene only happened in my mind and she said that everything seems to be fine and I’d get Sofia’s mail in few minutes.
What a relief!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10 min later we got 3 mails from Sofia, telling us she’s having fun. The we saw the camp daily post and saw her really having fun
Meanwhile Lizzy has been my little company, we go everywhere together and sleep together. We did some shopping, met with a friends’ family who used to live in Manila on Sunday.
we took morning walk on Monday to visit the Lincoln memorial
Lizzy loved the place and happy to see all the duckies and their family
A family of 3 is so much quieter. Lizzy is very good playing alone but she misses Sofia terribly. I miss Sofia but more than anything worried about her, if she’s dressing properly, if she’s found friend to play with, if she misses us to the point to want to come home already, etc., I’m worried about her emotional and physical wellbeing 24/7. When I wake up in the middle of the night, my mind spine and I googled “how to handle sleep camp anxiety”. Yeah… I’ve gone that far.
It’s Wednesday here (only Wed?), 3 more nights until we see Sofia. We didn’t get her mail yesterday which added fuel to my worry, let’s hope she does send today.
On preparing to go back, we are packing, checking arrival requirements, and booking quarantine hotel for daddy. He’ll have to do that for 10 days unfortunately.