8-Year-Old Writes Mom the Most Hilariously Disgusting “Diyareeya” Letter From Camp

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:

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!

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!”

SAME here.

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!! 😂

Kelsey Straeter
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