Top Ten Things I Learned While Camping
10. You don’t need a bear whistle if your kid cries for the entirety of your 1.5km hike in the woods.
9. Brunette children taste better than blonde children, according to the mosquitos.
8. Red squirrels are loud, and don’t feel the need to quiet down as they plot their revenge on you for taking away the food they were about to scavenge.
7. It IS possible to get 4 people on a queen-sized air mattress, but none of you are going to actually sleep.
6. I look really cute in cargo shorts, a Chairman Mao hat and unwashed hair.
5. It is typical that I pack enough food for a family of 8 to last two weeks in the woods, but I forget to bring an extra pair of pants for one of my kids.
4. I apparently cannot go more than 7 minutes without fussing over one of my children and worrying that they have enough sunscreen/bug spray/after-bite/water/shade/snacks/love.
3. Surrounded by trees, rocks, bugs, logs, dirt and trails, my 4-year old and 20-month old found it more novel to play in the unlocked car than in nature.
2. Jews (like me) can be good at camping. Righteous gentiles (like my husband) are a hundred times better at it, and it turns me on.
1. There is nothing better for recharging the spirit, clearing the mind and healing the body than spending 3 days outside with your family.