Friday, March 21, 2014

Andrew is Off to Youth Activity

Do you ever wonder, when you send your child off, if they'll return safely?  Sometimes we know they will and we feel peace. But, other times, we just can't be so sure.

Today is one of those days for me.  Andrew, 18, is off to a church activity up the canyon.  It's an overnighter in the girls' camp cabins and…I'm sure it will be beautiful and good.  But, it's going to be very cold and…Andrew isn't as prepared as I'd like him to be.

But, being a mother is also a balancing act of knowing when to say things and what to say.  Andrew is a good boy and he is usually quite responsible.  Yet, being 'tough' he thinks that he'll be fine with his sleeping bag - when I wanted him to take two (putting one inside the other.)  I also thought he should take the recommended foam pad but he didn't want to appear to have too big of a bag to haul around.

Aren't we funny as a people sometimes?  We'd rather be miserable and cold and uncomfortable - than to lug too much stuff around and maybe be mocked?

I hope that he's packed enough warm clothes.  We did go over the recommended list several times and…each time he'd say he had packed enough and he'd be fine.

Last week when he went snowboarding for the first time in his life (a Christmas present from a friend) he didn't dress as warmly as I though he should - but, he said that he got along fine.  (Would he have told me otherwise anyway?)  :)

So, there comes a time when a mother has to let go.  She has to let her children learn some things for themselves and by their own experiences.  I did that.  Didn't you?

Then, we sit back and pray that they will be okay and that they won't die out there in the cold.  I'm hoping that he's prepared himself enough to be able to make-do with what he's got and…if not, that he can layer his clothes and wear his coat to bed.  :)

And, I'm going to try to not worry.  He's got good leaders with him and, hopefully, they will come to the aid of any who didn't take their advice in the first place.  


  1. You're a gift to us all! Motherhood is not for the meek, weak, or self-absorbed! Carry on! :)

  2. Thanks, Shauna! :) We press on, don't we?


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