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19 Feb 2011

Flawless Saturday Question

10 Comments Flawless Saturday Question

Do you have any memories, good or bad, of being away from your family when you were young?

When I was 11 or 12, my parents dropped me off at Carmel Valley Tennis Camp for two weeks while they went on vacation.

I was miserable for a variety of reasons:
I wasn’t great at tennis.
I was the only Jew there.
I was the only one (seemingly) who didn’t have any established friendships with other girls there.
I hated being away from home.

It was bad. Luckily, I brought a few books, and all I did was read when I had any free time. I remember reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I felt like it saved me. I also became pretty close with one of the counselors, which helped.

But for the most part, I counted the minutes until my parents were going to pick me up. And I ate are least three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches a day.

By the way, I didn’t get any better at tennis in those two weeks.