At the culmination of camp each year there is a dance. Last year Gabby got asked to the dance by a boy. Of course we all gave her heck for an entire year about it because that is what we do. *smile* This year we teased her and Maddy relentlessly (and only half teasing) about NO boys. It became a running joke. Gabby informed us when she got back that the same boy from last year asked her to the dance this year. He walked up to her and said, "Hey, I think I recognize you.". She said, "I don't know who you are." I think she broke his heart. Maybe I need to teach her to let people down gently!
The girls also informed us that they were two of the only girls weearing one piece bathing suits. I told them that that was just fine with me. They didn't seem to mind-especially Maddy, it's at places like camp where they see some of the differences in their lives and other kids lives. Apparently this year there was a camper in their cabin with black hair extensions and she was going through the ear lobe stretching process (I'm too old to know the term for this). I'm not judgmental about things like this, most people know I went through my own 'finding myself' phase and had various periods of colored hair and shaved portions of my head. But the part I found interesting was at age 13, she had kept this from her parents. This information gives me an opportunity to talk with the girls and assure them that no matter what acrazy things they want to do to themselves, they can always talk to me about it. I don't want them to ever feel like they have to hide things from me. I am fully aware now that the girls, having almost entered teenagehood are going to head full force into the realm of 'finding themselves'. I am so interested to see how that pans out and I am sure I will gain a whole new respect for my own mom.