Many thanks to Hallmark for inspiring me to make a Special Occasion T-Shirt at BlogHer11.
I am addicted to being with my daughter. So sending her to 4 weeks of summer camp nearly put me in a depressive state. If it hadn’t been for my fantastic hero of a husband who made sure that I was busy partying and meeting new friends, I am not sure what I would have done with all of the free time I suddenly had. Despite the partying and great restaurants we frequented, I still found myself missing my daughter.
Call it catharsis, call it kismet, but I was totally jazzed when I happened up the Hallmark booth at BlogHer11. Attendees were asked to write what they defined as a “Special Occasion” on a Purple (it’s a sign!) t-shirt and have a picture taken on their web site. So what did I select as my special occasion?
Picking my daughter up from Summer Camp is my Special Occasion!
Making that t-shirt actually did make me feel a bit better. Now I could declare to all of the world that I could not wait to see my child! When I showed the shirt to friends (and complete strangers) they had the same response: “That’s so cool! What a great shirt! What a great idea.” Of course, I agreed with them.
So, on the day we picked K up from camp, I wore my Special Occasion t-shirt. Here are some pics that truly capture the moment that we were reunited:
So we made it. We both had our share of tearful evenings missing each other and we were super psyched to see each other after a month. Looking back at the experience, I think that we both benefited. K had a chance to make her own choices on activities in which she wanted to participate and I spent some quality time with my husband and friends.
Despite missing me and her home, K immediately asked my husband and me if she could return to overnight camp next year…this time for 8 weeks!
The jury is still out on that one. Four weeks was a lot for me to handle, I am not sure if I can make it for 8 weeks. Wait? It’s about K, right? Well, that’s what my family keeps telling me.