Thursday, May 14, 2015

There Had Better Be S'Mores

Rachel and Susie are heading out on a one-night Girl Scout camping trip today.  I handed them their packing lists last night before heading off to Knit Night. I spent the rest of the evening blissfully serene in the knowledge that, upon my return, I would see their neatly packed pink duffle bags sitting in the front hall.

Oh, sometimes I just slay me.

So here we are this morning, packing.  I found the difficult stuff: the bug spray (go, me!), the sleeping bags, the mess kits; so I have no idea what the girls are doing up there.  I mean, how hard is it to locate a pair of shorts, a pair of jeans, a shirt, some pajama pants, and socks?

Well, except the packing part...

Rachel claims she has no socks.  Seriously.  They all just "disappeared."  I suppose she thinks that there is a natural attrition rate for these things.

Actually, in our house? She's probably right.


  1. Socks are cheap, and much easier to replace than say, brand new extra wide sneakers, that my sons have "lost" on occasion. We always find them eventually, but why they would, say take them off in the raspberry patch and drop them in the tall weeds, I do not know. ;)

  2. Hah! Kids are crummy packers. When my younger daughter went on a French club trip to Paris, I offered help in packing. She could pack herself, thank you very much. She ended up in Paris without her debit/bank card and after she ran out of the little cash she had, had to borrow some from her teacher. I suppose it saved her $$$ not being able to shop, but I did refrain from the old "I told you so," comment.

  3. knittergran, that's what the packing list is supposed to be for. I've never attributed it to Girl Scouts, but I still make lists when I'm traveling. It gives me a larger window of time for noticing that I've forgotten to list an umbrella or a toothbrush, and it provides a solution for the last minute brain cramp when you utterly fail to notice there are no underwear in your bag.

  4. Yes, packing for a scout trip is anxiety-producing. That mess kit is never to be found when it is needed. I should leave myself clues when I put it away (and yes, I am the one who puts it away after the trip).

  5. AnonymousMay 15, 2015

    Oh, that is SO funny how you thought they'd have their bags packed all by themselves! You ARE a HOOT!