We had a rough coupla days with a virus and high temp, worrying manster might not recover in time for the 6th grade's adventure to outdoor lab which is at a campsite in the mountains. The kids in this area have been going to ODL for years and it's a rite of passage here. doctor gave us the green light after step test came back negative and yesterday I sent him on the bus. Mom is soo not crying lol. I think I need this break and declaration of independence as much as he does. My worries are over little things like "will he remember to brush his teeth or wash his pits" ... and the answer is likely not but I know he will survive and hopefully his bunk mate will tell him he stinks (I know his bunk mate and he's a great kid and he and manster are good freinds). Interesting how the kids who you think are their tormentors often turn out to be their "best buds". This is the kid who organized the 5th grade newspaper and told manster he couldn't participate in the presentation because he was just the delivery boy lol. I made such a big deal over this and it got back to this boy who actually apologized and said "I'm sorry, I didn't know it meant so much to you". Now they are bunk mates. Sorry for the long winded, sideways to the point, post. I'm a free woman for a few days! I will report back upon his return.