Last weekend JJ went to his first Scouts camp. He wasn’t really keen on going but I was pretty sure that he would absolutely love it. We organised all his belongings and labelled everything and packed it all. It was a gorgeous setting where they went, the scout leader’s wife’s family vineyard in the Barossa Valley.
He’d had a late night the night before so fell asleep in the car on the way there. It was a one and a half hour drive from our house through the northern suburbs where I hardly ever go. I’m used to driving down south all the time and the distance doesn’t bother me but with unfamiliar territory it seems to take so much longer.
I hung around for a while with him, put his stuff in the tent where he would be sleeping with five other boys. I thought about him constantly over the weekend and wondered how he was doing.
I managed to keep busy. I had a two hour drive back to my boyfriend’s house. Have I mentioned that I’ve been seeing someone? No, I don’t think I have. Kept that quiet didn’t I? It’s the same guy that I had a bit of a thing with late last year but didn’t continue with because he wanted to be friends. He’s come to his senses and now we’re ‘seeing each other’ (for two and a half months now), and it’s great.
But this isn’t about him, or me. It’s about JJ and his first scouting adventure.
I drove back to pick him up on Sunday and had to practically drag him away. They had a great time hiking, riding a motorised jeep thing (can’t think of the proper name), doing archery which JJ absolutely loved. They even had to help with the cooking so last night as I started peeling my potatoes for dinner, JJ asked if he could do some. I let him do one and then he cut up most of them under my supervision. He said he really enjoys it. Guess what his new job now is.
He fell asleep again on the way home and the photo above is from on the way home. We unpacked his stuff, I realised that his shoes were missing, the one thing I didn’t label! I made the mistake of giving him a haircut. Don’t give a boy a haircut when he’s tired that’s all I will say. He was in bed at 7pm, and not long asleep after that and I wasn’t too far behind him.