Like most little girls M-T-G was/is really attached to her mom. In fact, so attached that she didn't want to do sleep-overs with friends (or even with grandmothers!) because she would get really unhappy, homesick and miss her mom. Once or twice when she did finally decide to try staying over for a birthday party or something, Ratchlet got a call to go and pick her up and take her home because she just was so miserable. Once she hit 11 (or so) she mostly got over that and she has gone to several sleepovers with her friends without incident.
This isn't unusual in the world of children. I remember being picked up a time or two myself when I was around that age. That homesick feeling is really tough to deal with for a child.....well for anybody, I guess, but for little girls it is a devastating feeling. I don't know of any adult who is unable to spend the night away from home. So eventually we all grow out of it, but try to tell a miserably unhappy little girl who misses her mom that she'll grow out of it!! Can we say they do not believe you?
Now M-t-G is over 12 and she took tje next step in that growing up process this week. She spent a week away at Girl Scout Camp. A whole week! She had been to this camp with her troop a couple of times, but that didn't really count because Ratchlet is one of the troop leaders, so she was there! That's a whole different ball of wax!
But this time no Mom, no Dad for a whole week. The camp is pretty close so if M-t-G needed rescuing, it wouldn't take long to get there. Ratchlet did hear from the camp, because M-t-G had a tummy ache one day (nothing serious and the next day she was fine.) The counselor did say that M-t-G had been a little homesick, but only when they weren't doing something. lol! The thing is though, that M-t-G didn't ask to go home! She didn't have a meltdown or anything. Once they were busy again she was fine. Such progress!!
"Come Saturday Morning" (tomorrow) she'll be home, so we'll see what her overall reaction to being away at camp really was! Still, I have high hopes she had a great time and before long she won't remember that she didn't see or talk to her mom for a whole week. Fingers crossed!
She's growing up, but she's doing it at her own pace, just like everything she has ever done!