Counting Down

22 weeks before I will be in the mountains with my family. My dad will be meeting us there and I am so excited because he lives on the other side of the country and I very rarely get to see him. We haven't camped together in about 20 years. I grew up camping, that was what we did for vacations but it wasn't until the past few years when I came to realize how much I really loved it.

I have had two husbands and neither one of them were big on the outdoors. My first husband was a computer geek whose idea of travel was sitting on the couch watching Xfiles or Star Trek. My second husband was a mechanic who was also a workaholic. Vacations were not in his vocabulary.

After the death of my second husband I was determined to give my children as normal of a childhood as possible. We first went on a long road trip to Colorado and during the drive through the mountains I realized how much I LOVED the outdoors. It wasn't long after that that I purchased a tent and the kids and I braved our first camping experience.

The tent amazingly went up even without a mallet to use for the stakes, we took forever to start the campfire, I forgot to pack enough warm clothes for the cool evening and froze half the night, I burned the bacon over the campfire. And the best part? We all had the best time and couldn't wait to do it again!

Sometimes, it makes me sad to see all of the dad's camping with their kids. You don't see many, if any, single moms camping with their kids, we get a lot of stares. But then I realize that what matters is that the kids and I are creating amazing memories and I can't ask for more than that!
coffeemom73 coffeemom73
36-40, F
1 Response Jan 18, 2013

Your kids will pass on a legacy you couldn't buy them.. .You spending time with them... I'm sure your example will set them up to do the same...