Monday, May 16, 2011

Release and Catch

Sylvia has an amazing opportunity to perform out of state with her dance team. She'll be traveling with 5 other girls, and 3 adult chaperones for 5 nights. I'm slightly surprised by how many people ask if I'm going, if I wish I was going, if I'm nervous about her going. Answer to all of the above: no.

For starters, she'll have her cell phone and can text or call me anytime. (I laughed at myself the other day when I told her, "text me if you need anything." Not call, text. Yes, I think I'm comfortable being a 21st century mom!) I also have the cell phone numbers for the chaperones, the hotel info, and the flight info. I'll know where she is all the time, I'll know how to reach her anytime.

I know the chaperones very well, and know they adore Sylvia and all the girls. They're at least as responsible as I am...and they're willing to chaperone 6 girls ages 12-14. I? Am not. They're definitely better people than I am.

Parents are actually not invited, and I think that's a good thing. The girls earned this experience, and part of the experience is being there sans mom or dad. They will be supervised by adults 24/7, but there is a sense of freedom just because parents aren't there.

It's not that I think that this experience will in any way prepare her for adulthood without me. She won't have to worry about expenses, home maintenance or anything! But it will be an enduring memory.

I will miss her, of course. Like when Riley went to her Science Camp, our home won't be complete without our Sylvia. Still, Riley and I will get to spend some time together and Sylvia will be home again. 

Sylvia received a journal from her counselor so she can record the experience. I do hope she'll share that with me!


BigLittleWolf said...

Those first experiences sans mom or dad. (I think they're harder on us than the kids - they're usually ready for them.)

And congrats to Sylvia!!

Tara R. said...

I was a little sad when my kids outgrew wanting me to chaperone their school trips. It says a lot about Sylvia's self-confidence that she's so comfortable going on this trip without you.

jenn said...

What a wonderful opportunity for her!

Michelle said...

I have a feeling that by the time the wee ones are that age, I'll be ok with it. Assuming they behave in general the way I'm trying to raise them to behave! What a great opportunity for them though. Fingers crossed it all goes well for everyone.

Unknown said...

My daughter has traveled without me for rhythmic gymnastics and really loved the experience. Be warned: Your daughter may come home an inch or so taller.

Cam - Bibs and Baubles said...

it's a great opportunity. i can't imagine when that day comes for me to have to let go of my little guy and let him have experiences without me or his dad. can't even imagine. :)

Cat said...

Boy is in Alabama with grandparents for almost 3 weeks. I'll get a lot done, but I sure do miss the little guy.