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She’s growing up

Posted by Thomas Nephew on July 24th, 2008


“Fourmis” (Ants) cabin
The carving is of a very fierce looking ant.
Originally uploaded by Thomas Nephew

We took Maddie to a summer camp in Maine over a long weekend — returning in a single 12 and a half hour marathon drive ending Wednesday morning at 2 a.m.

She’ll be there for the next two weeks. It’s not Maddie’s first time away from home by herself, but the prior times have been with family, and it’s been easier to call at night when we miss her or vice versa. But I know she’ll have fun and learn a lot — for one thing, she’ll have to use her French, since “Camp Tekakwitha” is run by French Canadians, and most of the campers are from there.

And mainly there’ll be swimming and sailing and hiking and camping and probably bizarre contests and crafts and whatnot. I have the feeling she’ll be too tired out to spend too much time missing us. Don’t know how we’ll manage, though. It’s pretty quiet around here.

Incidentally, we stayed in a beautiful bed and breakfast on Monday night, “The Captain’s Watch” in Cundy’s Harbor, a little fishing town in a beautiful setting near Brunswick, Maine. If you’re in the area, it’s a great place, with very nice proprietors Ken and Donna. The house is a big handsome rambling structure built in 1862; it has a little cupola at the top, from where you can see the harbor and neighboring islands and peninsulas.

Another thing about Maine: it seemed to me like everyone was nice there — the waitress, the ice cream guys, the CVS counter person, the sandwich shop people, everyone we talked to. And I don’t mean nice in a “smile for the tourist” way; I mean just plain nice. What the heck is going on up there? Spooky. 🙂

9 Responses to “She’s growing up”

  1. RobertNAtl Says:

    That first summer camp can be more stressful for parents than for the kids, I think!!!
    Glad you had a good time in Maine.

  2. Thomas Nephew Says:

    Drove through Lewiston, but we had no time to spend there. Maybe next time.

  3. Nell Says:

    Looks beautiful, the French — er, Quebecois — near-immersion sounds like just the ticket, and I’m sure she’s going to have a great time. But… so far away! My sympathies.

    Thanks for the view of the cupola. Very calming.

    P.S. Love the auto-preview, which saved me from rampant italics, but it’s calling me ‘Anonymous’ even though I’ve filled out the info. Will be interested to see if that’s just a quirk of preview.

  4. Nell Says:

    …view from the cupola, meant to say.

  5. eRobin Says:

    You are brave and generous parents. Get ready for her to need to go back there every year. Summer camp is way of life – a great way of life so I understand. She’s a lucky girl.

  6. Thomas Nephew Says:

    Thanks for that link — I happened to hear that show about a year ago and loved it. Thing is, next year it would be *four* weeks and I’m not sure I could take that. But I think I may be finding out. Maybe I’ll quit my job, move up there, and visit her every night.
    “Go away dad.”
    “See you tomorrow pumpkin.”
    “Go away dad, you’re embarrassing me.”
    “That’s my *job*, if I don’t, who will?”

  7. eRobin Says:

    No, it would be:

    Va t’en, papa.

    See you tomorrow pumpkin.

    Va t’en, papa. Te m’embarrasses.

    That’s my *job*, if I don’t, who will?

    OH. MON. DIEU. Je veux rencontrer le garçon mignon du déjeuner hier. Je te prie, VA T’EN!

  8. eRobin Says:

    Oh, I should mention here that my daughter and I will be attending the Breaking Dawn (pop vampire love story saga) release party tonight at Borders. So, you know, we’re exposing our kid to culture too!

  9. Thomas Nephew Says:

    Is that like filet mignon?!?! For breakfast?!?! I mean, I love her, and I know those darned boys can be annoying, but that’s just not right!! Don’t do it Maddie!

    I’ve heard about the vampire story event — enjoy it! We had a great time at the “Deathly Hallows” release, it was like a folk festival at the book store.

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