We all know that kids can say the darndest things, but nothing could quite prepare Liesl Testwuide for the words written by her 8-year-old son during his stay at summer camp. Since it was the first time he’d ever been away from home for longer than a night, Liesl knew she would miss her little man the second he walked out the door.
“An hour after he left, I missed him,” she said. “By the time I went to bed, I found myself wandering into his bedroom, just to feel close to him.”
She began writing him letters each day, anxiously awaiting a response that she was sure would sound something like this, according to an imaginary letter she penned on her blog:
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!
However, THIS hysterical gem was the letter she actually received. Needless to say, it went viral in a heartbeat:
Liesl signed off in saying, “This year I’m sending a whole book of stamps. I can’t wait for more letters!”
I don’t know how he’s gonna top 37 push-pops and three horse dumps, but I sure can’t WAIT to see what next year’s summer camp has in store!! 😂