Sylvia has an amazing opportunity to perform out of state with her dance team. She'll be traveling with 5 other girls, and 3 adult chaperones for 5 nights. I'm slightly surprised by how many people ask if I'm going, if I wish I was going, if I'm nervous about her going. Answer to all of the above: no.
For starters, she'll have her cell phone and can text or call me anytime. (I laughed at myself the other day when I told her, "text me if you need anything." Not call, text. Yes, I think I'm comfortable being a 21st century mom!) I also have the cell phone numbers for the chaperones, the hotel info, and the flight info. I'll know where she is all the time, I'll know how to reach her anytime.
I know the chaperones very well, and know they adore Sylvia and all the girls. They're at least as responsible as I am...and they're willing to chaperone 6 girls ages 12-14. I? Am not. They're definitely better people than I am.
Parents are actually not invited, and I think that's a good thing. The girls earned this experience, and part of the experience is being there sans mom or dad. They will be supervised by adults 24/7, but there is a sense of freedom just because parents aren't there.
It's not that I think that this experience will in any way prepare her for adulthood without me. She won't have to worry about expenses, home maintenance or anything! But it will be an enduring memory.
I will miss her, of course. Like when Riley went to her Science Camp, our home won't be complete without our Sylvia. Still, Riley and I will get to spend some time together and Sylvia will be home again.
Sylvia received a journal from her counselor so she can record the experience. I do hope she'll share that with me!