Little Lady returned home to me today after her first independent intrepid adventure. She had been on school camp - leaving on Monday morning and returning home at 3pm today. We had no contact other than a general text from school each day to confirm all was well.
It was the first time she has stayed away from me overnight excepting when I've been in hospital so it was a big step for us all. An opportunity to grow and learn.
Of course she absolutely bloomed. We prepared, packed, planned... all to ease this transition.
Little Man has really missed his sis. They have a very lovely relationship of which I am really proud. It is helped by the fact that she is not a girly girl. By far she prefers to run, climb trees and be outdoors and so they have played together from the start with only 21 months between them.
She is home now and tucked up in bed. Happy and exhausted. Feeling all grown up yet grateful to be home. I feel enormously happy to have my family back together under the same roof again. I shall kiss her forehead before I sleep and revel in the fact that she is safely back with us.
For her a big step forward in emotional growth; embraced wholeheartedly and stored as a treasured memory of her childhood.