Fritz is packing up for his first ever away from home for a whole week camp with the Boy Scouts. We tried to do this last year, but it didn’t work out. So far, no reports of e coli at camp this year, thank goodness.
Hanging out of the side pocket of his backpack, I noticed a Beenie Baby teddy bear dressed in camouflage. We got this bear when Bill was deployed in 2003, and even had our family photo from that year taken with the bear representing him. I felt it necessary to warn my sheltered son of the possible consequences of taking the bear.
“Someone might make fun of you,” I mentioned.
“It reminds me of Dad,” he said as though such sentiments would be instinctively understood and respected by all.
“I just want you to be prepared in case somebody doesn’t know that. You might have to explain it, and they might tease you anyway.”
He didn’t respond, but his jaw was set. He’ll take that bear and defend it as though he were defending his family honor. I’ll be curious to hear when he gets back how that works out for him.