Sunday, July 22, 2012


When I was growing up, each of the kids was involved with scout camp and girls camp. For the boys it was always Camp Bradley. For the girls it as always Alturas Lake. We would pack our bags and prepare for camp a day before leaving for camp. For some reason, the Girls camp was much more easy going and playful than the boys camp. I remember several times seeing my Mom sitting in the middle of the living room floor with the pajamas of my sisters. I remember asking her what she was doing. Well, she was sewing up the bottoms of their pajamas. This was a little prank that my mom would pull on her daughters just to let them know that she was thinking about them while up at camp. Now, in the modern era of political correctness, this playful prank isn't so well received. I would imagine that pranks are no longer encouraged and small notes of encouragement are now the norm. Well, I'm not going to follow the norm, I'm going to follow tradition. So tonight, I'll be heading over to where Savanna has dropped off her camp gear to sew up her pajama bottoms. I hope that when she goes to bed that first night and as a hard time getting into her pajamas, she will think of her geeky Dad and smile.


analee hirschi said...

I am glad that you are keeping up with tradition. I remember mom doing that to us. She always sewed a really large open stitch so it was easy to get it out and unstitch, but one year when she went to camp, I went and sewed her PJ's but I didn't know the rules so I sewed it really tight and hard. I laughed about it.

Melinda said...

Thanks for reminding me. I'll have to do that next year for Tara. Didn't someone get a fake snake in their bag one year?

Susan said...

The snake in the sleeping bag was Gordon's prank on me. And it worked! There was a blood curdling scream that could be heard thru the valleys and hills around the camp. I loved sewing up the pj's. Just a fun reminder that there MOM had a sense of humor and was NOT a dork!!!