Yesterday at about noon, I picked my 3 big boys up from their week away at Boy Scout summer camp! I hadn’t seen them for 10 days. My sewing retreat was the Thursday through Sunday before. They left on Sunday morning. I got home Sunday about noon.
They are so worn out. They came home dirty and hungry, so it must have been a fun trip! I forgot to take pictures, but they looked like they had not slept and were filthy! They said that there was plenty of food. That is good, some years they complain that they just couldn’t get enough to eat. They do have an outpost where you can buy junk food, but they said it wasn’t enough. This year, it was the last week at this camp, so it was no-holds barred on the food. All three boys said that they got their merit badges that they intended to get, but we won’t officially find out until our September meeting. Our troop takes the month of August off! I am so happy. We can get school started for a couple of weeks without Scouts as a distraction.
When they got home, each went through their scout stuff and the washing machine began. All showered and ate, and it was just like they never left. The bickering started, the chaos resumed, the rude comments were free-flowing. They of course were TIRED…no patience for the little ones who missed them for the past week and no appreciation for the $900 or so that their hardworking Dad paid for this trip.
Sometimes, I wonder if we get anywhere in this journey of parenting. I often think that here we are 16 years into this parenting thing and this is all the farther that we have gotten! Sad at times.
My oldest wasn’t the problem yesterday, so there is hope. It was mostly M, the 14-year-old and R, the 13-year-old, so hopefully this is something they will outgrow. I remember J, my 16-year-old being so very tired and grumpy too.
On the bright side, they told me that they love my cooking and camp food is nothing like eating at home!
All three of the older ones are still sleeping at 9:17 this morning, so maybe they will wake up in a better mood. Let’s hope!