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  • This weekend our daughter went on vacation. It was her second one this summer. In June she and mom had two weeks in the old country with the extended family. After a few weeks of being bored at home, now she's in boot camp in the Green Mountains, roughing it in a rustic setting with 40 other kids for three weeks.

    This place has electricity and well water and privies, but no computers, mobile access, or wi-fi. The only electronic devices permitted are digital cameras. The cabins have three walls, open to the lake, and no electricity. Anyway, campers spend half their time hiking trails or paddling canoes and sleeping in tents. It's just what our kid said she wanted. I really hope the upcoming episodes won't change her mind.
  • We arrived at camp and met the chief, the nurse, the cooks, her counselors, her bunkmates and some random parents. Most of them had done this before, so we tried to act like them. After taking her swimming test in the lake, our girl then disappeared in the company of another. So involved they were that we almost didn't get to say goodbye. I consider that a good thing. That girl told her things she needed to know. I would have just babbled at her.

    So we drove off, feeling that the camp is pretty OK and this experience will be very good for her. We took the next day off to be with friends at their lakeside cottage in New Hampshire, and headed home to resume our routines.

    These weeks will mark the longest time my wife and I will have spent alone since the girl went away overnight on a sleepover, months ago. Now we're home alone, and not quite sure what to do with ourselves.

    Any suggestions?
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