On winter camping
The Grade 6 students in Ryan’s school went to winter camp today, as well as the Grade 6 teachers, including his, Mrs. M. Ryan is in a multi-age class, the English Grade 5/6. The seven Grade 5 and two Grade 6 students in his class who didn’t go to camp were sent to the Ukrainian Grade 5 room. Ryan’s subsitute teacher forgot that it was their library day and did not send them to the library. I think Ryan was a little bit upset about the disruption in the routine and that he has to wait until next week to get new library books.
Reggie went to winter camp when he was in Grade 6. They held a fund-raising – selling chocolates – to cover the cost of the trip. But I still ended up paying most of the fee. I encouraged Reggie to go because I thought that it could be the only chance that he'd experience winter camping. We’re not into camping as a family. It’s not easy to do if you don't own vehicle. Besides, both R and I are indoor people.
The camp was at a place about two hours drive from our city. On the way there, one of their buses broke down and they had to get out and wait in the snow for a little while. It wasn’t that bad. The campers stayed there for three days and two nights. The winter camp turned out to be a success and I think he, his classmates and teachers enjoyed it. He even learned how to make a quinzee. It’s like an igloo.
The first night that Reggie was gone, Ryan, who was 6 years old at that time, asked me at dinner…
Ryan: Mommy, is Kuya Reggie coming home?
Mom: No, he won’t be home until Friday afternoon.
Ryan: But I want him now.
Mom: Well, he’s not here now.
Then he cried. He missed Reggie just on the first night.
The next morning at work, I was melancholy. I was missing Reggie. My kumareng Weng came by to my desk for a little chat. I told her how I was feeling. Tears started to fall. That was the first time that Reggie was away from us. He’s had a few sleep-overs with friends before but it was the first time that he went out of town for more than a night. And we missed him terribly just on the first night. At least, Ryan and I did.
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