So, Acorna, Father told me about this camp.


No, it sounds fun. There are nature walks, and cupcakes, and a pirate ship. An animal hats. I like animal hats. And I..I have never had cupcakes before.

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But, it is just that…Well, I do not know what to expect or how to act or if I will fit in. And I’m not sure how to behave around other children. The children at school think I’m weird and silvery. I want a friend though. All the best stories occur between friends.

Oh! I did do some research like you suggested. We will be sleeping in tents so I need my sleeping bag and pillow. Sadly you are too big to bring. But I will tell you all about it when I return.

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I am going to start packing now. No, Father will be taking me next week, but…

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Let’s see, there is the question of clothes. I have to be smart and not pack too much. T-shirts for the day, but sweatshirts in case it gets cold at night. Do I need to bring my swimsuit? I wonder if if there is a lake or pool? Flip flops, check. Phone, check. Bug spray? Do bugs like aliens? I also need a flashlight in case I have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Father probably has one I can borrow.

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I will bring my journal of course, and colored pencils. Book wise? I am definitely bringing the Gregor Mendel biography I got from the library. I have almost finished it. And the Little Princess since it is my favorite story. Maybe the Squirt: Pus, Snot, Blood and Puke by Uncle Darin. For when I finish the other books, it supposed to be educational and hilariously gross.

No I will only be gone for a few days, but I would hate to run out of books. Homework? No that would be silly. This is a vacation. There, that should do it. Thank you for your help, Acorna.

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Hi Father! I am all packed and ready to go!

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We’ll miss you while you’re gone, little bug.

Penelope Pigglewiggle is participating in a session of CathyTea’s Animal Hat Summer Camp. Check out her blog to find more information, read about other kids participating in the camp, and of course, to see Penelope’s adventures!

**This post had minor edits on 7/12 to match changes to the timeline found in Sidelines 22.