Second week of Pennsic
Bath – grimy but hey, we do have a shower
weather – hot with a side of humid and scattered storms in the midnight zone
kids – all alive and happy
husband – home and working
cat – reports that he is still alive but does not like the dog-sitting in the house. ps, he is bigger thank the dog
I’ve hit the point that I just feel like I live here. There is an order to the days and nights that is almost more ordered than my normal day. The kids are thoroughly adjusted to living in a tent (we are glamping really, not camping) and they love having kids in camp to play with. The parent collective is doing well parenting the group and I hope to think that nobody is overwhelmed.
Unfortunately, today is also the mark of the real last full day of just ‘being’ here. Soon lists need to be made about how to put this all back in the box. There are still a few days of fun but if you leave all the packing to the end you get;
a. completely overwhelmed and frustrated
b. 75% of the camp will leave early after doing nothing to help the larger setup.
As to item A my plan is to start packing up laundry in the cooler hours tonight and things we are not using night by night. As to item B I brought up the situation to the people who might not have given much thought to what they can/should do to help the group. The only thing positive about me having a 15h drive to pennsic is that anyone who gives me the “I have a long drive” sad story about why they need to leave 2 days early can get a big helping of No Pity Pie from me as I. Realistically, most people will help if asked but either assume it isn’t needed or, they just don’t think about it because they are not ‘in charge’. Not the ideal situation – ideal would be a crew of beautiful and competent men would whisk everything away with ease and grace but lets not hold our breath on that. My thought is that given notice and time to think about how to help AND that help is needed, people will come through.
So other than a bit of minor drama it has been a pretty easy time and every year we get older and better and more dialed in on the plan. The kids are finding more things that are fun for them, Niamh even won a tournament yesterday and was super happy. Today is the major kid water battle and kid fun stuff so it will be a happy afternoon and hopefully the weather moderates itself and quits being a sauna out there because that would make a good vacation even better.