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Finally, we hear from you! Two weeks, two days and three
hours after we dropped you off at the bus for camp (but who’s counting?), a
note arrives in the mail. This is great news, because although they post photos
of you on the camp website every night, that only gets us so far. I love that
you’re smiling in the pictures, and you are surrounded by buddies and—the
last few days—a couple of cute blondes. I’ve checked out pics of you suited up for the ropes course, and hanging
out by the pool, and even wearing that Morro Bay T-shirt we shipped to you on
the way home from our four-day weekend on the Central Coast.
But images are not the same as words—your words. I assume
you are reading our words. The long emails, like this one, that we write
every night via the camp website. They tell me they print them out and give
them to you at rest time. And from at least that one photo, I know you are
getting the care packages we mail out twice a week; the T-shirts and Legos and
set of magic tricks, etc.
So anyway, the envelope comes in the mail and we could not
be more excited. Your brother and sister and father and I crowd around, and this
is what we read:
sunscreen, more flipflips, and soap. Send good packages. Also, can I please see
This Is the End the day I get back?
I’m having fun
PLEASE send a Rubik’s cube and a sweatshirt.
OK, L-, I get this that is your fifth year at this
camp. You know the drill, and you figure we do, too. But dude, there’s still a thing or two you
need to learn about correspondence.
First off though, I should say that I gathered up the
requested items, put them in a box today (Saturday) and sent it UPS. You will
get it on Tuesday, which is the earliest possible date.
Inside the box, in addition to the items you requested, you will find two stamps. These are for writing us two letters (I'm assuming you still have the stationery we got at Target, or can obtain some). In those letters, you will write us about the things you have done, and what is going on in your life. You will ask after us, and tell us you miss us, even if you don't, because that is the thoughtful thing to do. You will sign it "Love, L-." And you will not address us as "Family." Rather, you will take the time to list us by name.
We love you and miss you, and we expect more.
The first letter will be written, and addressed, to me and daddy. The second letter will be written, and addressed, to your brother and
sister. You will write each one with your audience in mind. Writing one letter
and copying it for the second letter is not acceptable.
Finally, you will never again assume it is OK to expect us
to pay your camp tuition, buy you 16 T-shirts, help you pack your duffle, drive
you to the bus, write you just about every night, and plan and ship care
packages to you, in exchange for notes listing what we must immediately drop
into a box and get to you, posthaste. We love you and miss you, and we expect
more. We don't think that's unreasonable.
We are all fine, out here in Los Angeles, and we are looking
forward to those really good letters!
P.S. We will not have time to go to see This Is the End on
the day you return from camp, though I'm glad you mentioned it so you would not
be disappointed when I had to turn you down. We are invited to a BBQ and swim
get-together at the Z-s' at 4-ish that afternoon. I told Mrs. Z- you might
be too tired to join us and she understands, though it would be nice if you
could come, as you will be missed. Re: the movie—perhaps we can go later in
the week, some afternoon when your brother is out of summer school and your
sister is away at camp. Writing that nice letter or two from camp would
definitely help your case.