So... Duckie is going to Girl Scout day camp this week. She loves it there... frogs, crafts, kids everywhere. It's really just her thing, Know what I mean?? The week started off a little rough because she knew no one in her unit and she was pretty anxious when I dropped her off Monday morning. She muddled through the morning when another girl realized she & Duckie were in the same unit two years ago. Duckie had thought she recognized the other girl but hadn't been sure. It turns out this girl, S, is the same girl that the counselors had been surprised to find talking to Duckie two years ago because she suffers from selective mutism. Duckie was the first kid that S had spoken to since starting camp a few weeks before hand. So Duckie, S and two other girls have been hanging tight since Monday at lunch. So Thursday is a big day at camp. They have a cook-out for lunch and put on a tour and program for the parents in the evening. They also allow the girls that are 9 years and older to stay overnight (in screened cabins). Duckie has been going back & forth about this for months. Literally. Duckie decided, since she made friends, to stay. The parents toured the unit where the girls had cleaned up the cabins and prepped for tonight. She was so proud of herself! Then we went back to the lodge to watch the program... she had a big part in their skit and did a great job. So the parents left and she'll do the overnight program: a night hike where they'll see the skyline of a nearby large city (30+ miles), have a bonfire and eat pizza. Yes... pizza. No s'mores because the girls voted for pizza! Go figure!!! So I'm a little nervous tonight because my beautiful 9 year old daughter is sleeping in the woods with other little girls she doesn't know so well, supervised by adults I don't know at all. Plus, there are billions of mosquito's and spiders and creepy crawlers I don't want to think about ready to bite her and give her a massive allergic reaction. But I'm proud that she seized the opportunity to be a regular kid tonight too.