- 3 giant Rubbermaid bins and 3 empty hockey bags sitting in my front foyer.
- 3x = 12 (where x = sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, and canoe paddles).
- U + (-U) = clean Underwear my son will pack.
- Zero (0) is the amount of food to be brought or sent to camp (a rule which if not respected has a direct linear relationship to the number of tent visits by raccoon).
- T-10 was when my daughter started packing compared to Lift-Off when my sons started packing.
- 40% = the amount of laundry my middle son pulled from his dirty laundry hamper to complete his Lift-Off packing.
- The area of one tent is equal to one half times the base length times the height of the tent. But that doesn’t really matter because the mass of the belongings of its occupants expands to fill it to capacity.
- 2 = the number of books BOTH my sons brought to camp, whereas this number to the power of 3 is how many books my daughter brought to camp.
- $32.00 is roughly the amount of money my daughter will spend on postage stamps at the Tuck Shop (I probably should have warned them about the imminent run on stamps) while the 4 self-addressed stamped envelopes I send with the boys will be repacked for camp in 2013.
- The number of showers they will all take during the month of July is a infinitesimal number.
- A minimum of 3 bottles of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is essential, my son stresses, to stave off the effects of camp food.
- Pi = 3.14 camps meals per day (not to be confused with slices of apple pi)
- E=MC2 = units of mass and energy are required to direct all this stuff into the car.
Now that they are 11, 14, and 16 you would think my kids would be fairly self-sufficient with their camp packing, given they now have experienced this exercise a combined number of approximately 23 times. Yet, my daughter appears to have enough gear to outfit CFB Pettawawa, while my son might actually packing a toothbrush is an unknown variable. Behold, why I check my kids camp packing efforts….
- If the number of bathing suits suggested is 2, the number my daughter will pack is 14 (even more if you consider some are two-piece).
- If the number of pairs of underwear suggested is 6 to 7, the number packed by my middle son will be 2 (both of which will be tossed from the moving car after pick up).
- About 8-10 pairs of socks are suggested to which both my sons usually reply, “Socks?! Who wears socks in the summer?!”
Despite all this number-crunching and the dichotomy between the theory of packing and the practice of packing, the bigger unsolved equation rests in my eagerness to get them out the door followed by my inability to enjoy the peace and tranquility during their absence. This is what Empty Nest Training is all about.
Is a camper soon packing up in your household?