Monday, July 30, 2007

Am I weird?

Don't answer that. I already know I am. Here's the thing: My baby is going to scout camp for a week!! He leaves at 6 am- sharp. (Well, "sharp" for Mormon-time. So, I'm guessing 6:45-ish.) And I am stressin' it BIG TIME. How many scouts have been lost in the Utah mountains?? A lot. They found some and others were never seen again. This kinda makes me nervous.
I bought Tristan a whistle/compass and I made him PROMISE ME he would keep it clipped on his beltloop every minute of every day. That way if he does get seperated from the group he can blow his whistle until help arrives. (Much like Rose did on Titanic.) I also instructed him if he loses his way to freakin' stop walking. Most of the lost scouts they've found were found WAY off the trail because they kept walking. And walking. And walking. I don't want Tristan to do that. I want him to stop, drop and blow. (Hehe. Like that? I made it up myself!)
There are so many things that can go wrong. Wild animals, perverted leaders, a stray arrow, a tipped canoe, a bb pelet ("You'll shoot your eye out!!"), food poisoning, poison oak, sunburn, pneumonia, Mrs. Voorhees!!!!... Ijole! I hadn't thought of all those things until I started listing them. I should just stop before I completely make myself useless for the rest of the week. And we couldn't have that because my twin, No Cool Story, is back and I have to be in top condition to read her awesome posts about Disneyland. So, we'll end this post on a happier note:
YAY to NCS's return! :)
YAY to the birth of baby Henry! :)
YAY for Blog-fest! :)
BOO to my baby leaving...:( (Sorry. Couldn't help myself. Love you Tristan. Have fun!! If that's even possible without your mom there...;)

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22 comments:

Prime-Mate Momma Kaye said...

My boys came back every time. I spoil 'em rotten so no one else will want 'em. JK

Call if you need to freak a bit. And let me know what time he gets home on Saturday.

PS: LOVE the Mormon standard time comment. Cracked me right up.

David said...

Scout Camp isn't anywhere near as bad as girls camp. I loved Scout Camp. If I ever have anything to do with Girls Camp it will because God narked on me to some mortal leader and they mutually decided to PUNISH me! David shivers at the thought!

~j. said...

I thought poison oak only happened to kids who had a fake mom who fell off of a ship.

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

So far my son has come back from every camp I've ever sent him to. They almost always do - the reason why we hear about the ones who don't is because it's such a rare occurrence.

The whistle/compass thing is a good idea. We always tell our kids, "Do NOT under any circumstances go wandering off by yourself."

He'll have such a good time. :)

swampbaby said...

Ha ha - Loved your comment ~j. Totally dig that movie.

Sister - I would be freaking too. I was way nervous the first dad/son campout JC took Big J to. I just knew he was going to fall in the river or something. But he didn't. Just got a little burned...

Lisa said...

Great idea on the whistle! I am feeling the same way. I am about to send my daughter on a plane ride by herself to EFY for the first time-rooming with "the luck of the draw". The whole thing makes me sick and I can't wait until it is over and we can just talk about all of the fun she had.

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

K, I am never going to be as brave as you are and let my son go to scout camp unless Ian goes with him. You were smart to give him some words of wisdom and the compass whistle! You are an awesome mama!

Suzanne said...

I have the exact same fear when my boys are old enough to go to camp. "D" gets terribly distracted and I'm always worried when he's on field trips at school that he'll be left behind... What a great idea to give him the compass/whistle! I'm sure he'll come back just fine (besides all the new dirty jokes he'll probably know!) ;)

Heffalump said...

I still have a couple of years until my oldest goes to camp. I don't even want to think about it. However, since I have all boys there will eventually come a year when they will all go to scout camp at the same time the summer when they are all between 12 and 18 years old. Then D and I can take a second honeymoon! Yipee!

Jenny said...

You're not weird. Or I'm weird too. One or the other. lol

I'd be totally paranoid too. Good call on the whistle/compass/stop walking. :o)

Tori :) said...

David- Sei loved scout camp too, although I remember him telling me he made a noose for a lizard and threw rocks at it...

~j. - OVERBOARD!!!! "Has it *escaped your attention* that these children have head to toe poison oak?"


Millie - I've threatened my kid. He better not wander off!

Sister- Sei is more paranoid when he takes the kids camping than I am- which I guess is good...

Lisa- My sister always LOVED EFY!!

Liam- You have to get brave or your kid gets teased! haha

Suzanne- Your "D" is my Alec!!

Heffalump- That's awesome!! Jealous!

Jenny- Maybe we're both weird... Don't tell anyone.

Nancy Face said...

Zach, my baby, went to scout camp for his first time last month. I guess I'm not a very loving mother, cuz I was just SO EXCITED for him! He came home safe, happy, and full of great stories! :)

He had 7 pairs of nice, thick socks in his pack. He never found them...he came home wearing the same pair he left with 7 days earlier...EWWW!!!

He never took a shower ALL WEEK. He never changed his underwear, either...EWWW!!! But he came home with a pack full of nice, clean clothes, and there was hardly any laundry for me to do! ;)

Tori :) said...

Nancy- Tristan went to a camp the summer before his 6th grade year and he didn't change his underwear the whole time either. GROSS!!!

Mel said...

Interesting post coming from someone who spent what 2 or 3 months camping???

The whistle is a great idea and great words of wisdom coming from an awesome mom. He'll be home before you know it!

JennieBoo said...

He'll be fine....promise!

Enjoy him when he gets back!

Worry wart.

Yay for your "good stuff"!

Hope your Monday's going well

Tori :) said...

Mel- I was FORCED to "camp" for 59 days!! And I was constantly scared of lonely mountain men...

JennieBoo- Ok, you promised. So, if something bad happens I'm calling YOU! :)

PJ said...

Reason #154 why I'm glad I have daughters!

Tori :) said...

Thanks everyone for not calling me a total spaz (atleast not to my face...) Y'all are awesome.

Lauren said...

Tori you are funny...Your dear son will be safe. If my little wuss of a brother could survive, yours can too!

annie said...

I'm lol at lauren's comment!
It's hard to let the kids go away to camp huh?
Have a wonderful evening!
♥,annie

elasticwaistbandlady said...

I got a flat tire when I dropped my 9 year old off for Cub Day Camp. The Scout leaders made changing my tire for me a scouting activity.

Moral of the story: Always get your flat tires at Boy Scout Camp.

Have a good time Tristan!

No Cool Story said...

"You TOTALLY stay with people, you hear!" And "Don't kill your mom by getting lost" are often said by me. It's one of those things were your kids look at you like you are a crazy woman, but that's ok, I can live with that.
"You Stop, drop and blow. You hear?"

Thanks for the props. It's awesome to get a welcome like this :D