I wish this picture was clearer, but I wasn't there to get pictures. This is Scales at summer camp in St. Pete, and she is away from us but that is not a bad thing. She spends time with her grandmother and great mother in the evening and participates in water sports and learning during the day. It is difficult to let them go, and we worry about how they fare with other people, but the experiences and freedom our children have away from us are just as important to their development as the time we are together. This is where they meet new people, hear the experiences of the matriarchs in their family. They learn about the desire to be respected and boundaries required to show respect. Like, don't make a mess at grandmas, don't yell or whine about what you want, and nobody owes you anything. We have to let our children do things away from us, so that they can develop the character to do what's right on their own.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.