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Camp Is a Funny Thing

Posted on Thu, 22 June, 2017

Camp is a funny thing. People coming of age in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s remember camp as a right of passage, especially if you grew upon the east coast where the expectation was sleep away for most of the summer. The kind of camps you see immortalized in movies with rustic cabins, counselors barely older than your kid and traditional activities accomplished in the heat with numerous bug bites and swimming in holes later immortalized in horror movies that haunt you. Either that or your camp was your neighborhood street with anyone around that had free time.

 

The Beginning

As a parent now I find camps to be two things: expensive as hell and the best way to combat the screen babysitter: video games. Camp is a funny thing because it has become an industry all to itself, glorified babysitting in many cases, especially in the Bay Area where we live. I cringed when I pulled the trigger for my son’s fishing camp; it was pricey. I won’t say how much because I believe that is in bad taste but I had a bad taste in my mouth.

Now, however, I will have salmon in my mouth because the boy caught salmon today while fishing off Drake’s Bay in Pt. Reyes National Seashore! Not only a truly beautiful place but one of some historical significance as the accepted landing place of Sir Francis Drake in the new world. He was the “pirate” knight of Queen Elizabeth I, for which many, many things in Marin County are named.

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I have no idea why I am so excited about his camp experience. Perhaps because he wasn’t a fan of the traditional sleep away camps like I expected. There have been lots of cries for more independence over the years and like it or not a therapist as parent comes with some restrictions. Call me crazy but I thought two weeks away from home would satisfy that need for independence. Turns out, not so much. He likes us.

Camp is a funny thing because he loves the outdoors and has nurtured a new love of fishing in the last year and is so excited about this catch. Out on the Pacific, which, I imagine, is beautiful today because it’s a 102 on land, provides another experience with independence. Camp is a funny thing because this camp, which I almost didn’t register him for due to cost, turns out to be one of the best camping experiences in his life thus far. And since I work, he’s had many.

I’m really excited to cook it tonight because last week’s camp was a cooking camp led by a wonderful chef that both my kids really enjoyed, seeding a desire to create in the kitchen. I’m excited because he learned something so elemental to human history in fishing, watching the cleaning process and now how to cook it.

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The Result

Despite the Bonine regime he got sea sick, watched a friend vomit from his sea sickness and hours later still feels he is not he boat. So perhaps if I tried to find it there is a lesson here in perseverance that he will remember in the distant future.  Or maybe that’s tiger parenting bullshit.  Camp is a funny thing because although the elements were difficult he had a great time and I lived through it with him vicariously all day.  I got to feel like a really good parent this week.

 

Here’s what we prepared to accompany his catch:

 

Arugula salad with slivered almonds, strawberries, feta and strawberry dressing topped                              with a smidge of lemon zest

Coconut Jasmine rice with lime wedges

Filet of salmon marinated in minced garlic, lemon and olive oil, grilled on a cedar plank

and….white bordeaux for the grown ups

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Jodi Klugman-Rabb is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Marin and Napa Counties. She specializes in connecting with clients on a humorous and practical level, helpful when specializing in ADHD, trauma and anger/communication skills. She uses EMDR to treat traumas and fears of all types. She is the mom of two funny and awesome kids. Connect with Jodi on her website www.jkrabb.com or https://www.facebook.com/JKRabbMFT/

 

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