My daughter left this morning for 6th grade camp at Sly Park. I usually don't get too choked up about the little milestones my kids hit along their playful, and sometimes bumpy, journey through childhood. I love seeing them grow and learn and experience. I'm excited to share in the discoveries, and the feelings that I remember having myself at that age. But today, watching Claire head into the cafeteria, with her suitcase rolling behind her and sleeping bag tucked under her arm, I got a little teary. Five days is a long time to be away from her and I miss her already. And, even though she doesn't go for hugs in public anymore, today she let me pull her in for a warm squeeze. She let me hold her sweet face between my hands as I told her I love her and to have the most fun ever. I'll be holding onto that memory until I see her sweet face again on Friday, when I can pull her into my arms again.
I remember my own trip to Sly Park. The gum tree on the way into the cafeteria, the pretty high school counselors advising us to moisturize our legs to make them look tanner, the boy coming to my cabin requesting a late night walk with me (which, of course, I didn't accept), my friend going home early because she was homesick, and the cool girls performing a skit to "No More Words" in the talent show. It was supposed to be Outdoor Ed, but I have absolutely no recollection of plants or hikes. I guess that shows where my mind was at the time, and makes me that much more sentimental about my own daughter's adventure this week.
So, popular songs from 1984 on the mix today :)
"No More Words" - Berlin
"The Reflex" - Duran Duran
"When Doves Cry" - Prince
"Like A Virgin" - Madonna
"Here Comes The Rain Again" - Eurythmics