Back in January, as I often do, I made a camp spreadsheet for the summer. I put the weeks of summer along the left-hand side, and my four school-aged children’s names along the top. Then I noted which program each kid would be in during each week. I didn’t fill in every week for every kid, but I did account for most of them. With a baby at home, and a new childcare arrangement (our long-time nanny is on a pre-arranged 3-month leave over the summer), I figured it would be best to get the kids out of the house as much as possible.
Then COVID-19 happened. One theater camp went virtual, which my Zoom-addled children had zero interest in. The other, which all four kids were doing at some point, announced they were canceling camp for the summer because they didn’t think they could follow rules about social distancing.
Except…then the guidance released in late May here is that camps can open, and the rules on social distancing are modified to account for the realities of young kids. With my kids having reached the breaking point on boredom, I’ve been trying to pull together some stuff from the smaller programs that have been nimble enough to relaunch for late summer. Two kids will do an abbreviated baseball season with our local Little League in July and August. The 5-year-old starts a baseball day camp next week. We signed the kids up for tennis lessons. A local art center opens for in-person teen camps in mid-July. A pottery studio has announced they will be open. The theater camp that went virtual decided to hold in-person camp in August, so the two kids who were doing that are now signed back up.
I’m also taking advantage of my parents’ proximity (they moved to New Jersey last summer) to ship one child at a time to them (mostly earlier in the summer before the camps start to be on the safe side). The kids are getting to enjoy being only children for a little while with them. We’re also doing a lot of beach time. Yesterday we went to a local park to play in the creek for a while. It’s not going to be quite the summer we had planned, but I think it will be OK in the end. I ordered another round of Legos too. My 10-year-old and I will be building a Lego ship in a bottle.
In other news: For Father’s Day, I am giving my husband the gift of getting our minivan “detailed.” I guess this means cleaned out and it really needs it. The company said they would come to the driveway and make the minivan look like new. I doubt this is possible, but I will report back.
Also, welcome to new readers who heard me on the Martha Debayle show! That was a lot of fun, if a bit nerve-wracking when Zoom oddly switched me over to a virtual background and I wound up with the Golden Gate bridge on my shirt. I think (I hope) they will cut that part before posting on her video channels.