So. You did it. You've had your very first camping experience ever and did it for a week without knowing a
single other person there. You are brave and strong, caring and kind and I'm so proud to be your mom.
I hope that you tried new things and struggled but persevered until you mastered them. I hope that you
made strong friendships and stayed up late, telling silly stories and giggling. I hope that you offered
encouragement and a friendly ear to those who might have been lonely or sad and that someone did the same for you. I hope you felt the tiredness
that comes with a long, fun day. I hope you learned new songs and performed in skits, not worrying if
someone 'messed up.' I hope you looked into the dancing flames of a campfire under a million stars and
found peace in your soul. I hope you embrace the independence and strength you've discovered in yourself
this week and let it propel you into the woman you will become. I hope you stretched your wings and
soared to heights you didn't know you were capable of. But more than anything else, baby girl, to quote a
song, "I hope you had the time of your life."
I'll see you in a few hours!