Leslie Testwuide's 8 year old son went to away camp for the first time last year. Like many moms, she missed him so much! She fantasized about what his first letter home would be like.....

Here's Leslie's fantasy letter:

Dear Mom,

Thank you so much for letting me go to camp. I have learned so many cool things, like how to take a fish off the hook, tie sailing knots, and even how to groom a horse. Thanks for packing the sunscreen. I've been out on the lake a lot, so it has really come in handy. You sure think of everything! Since it's been so hot, I've been drinking tons of water! See? I really listen to all your good advice.

The other boys here are really smart and nice. I'm making some lifelong friends I will cherish forever. We've had fun learning camp songs, playing cards, and catching frogs in our free time. During quiet time, I read the book you sent along. What a great selection! And just because you're my mom, I made a special gift for you in arts and crafts!

I'm trying a lot of new foods, just like you suggested. You were right, the oatmeal at breakfast really isn't bad when I add raisins. And don't worry, Mom, I've been using all the manners you've taught me over the years.

We are camping under the stars tonight. I hope to see fireflies.

I love you,



P.S. Tell my brothers I miss them!

Wouldn't that be wonderful. And yes, I would poop flowers if a letter like this ever happened. Here is the actual letter she got from her 8 year old!

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I just about died reading this! Best camp letter ever! Are you saving a camp letter from your kids first away camp? Is it the best thing ever? I never went to camp. Some days I wish I had. If nothing else, I know I would have had diarrhea and would have written a pretty similar letter.


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