Monday, March 02, 2015

Amir's SRA Kem

a week after we came home from london, we had to part with amir again. he had to go away for the weekend to a leadership camp (for prefects, librarians and school monitors) with his agama schoolmates. it was very daunting for us, not for amir - he was super excited, but for hubby and me. its not easy to let one of the boys go away for the weekend, and it was especially difficult knowing there's to be a river at the place, albeit a small one.

amir was busy with school exams the few days prior to his camp. so i had to run around preparing his bags and clothes and other necessities. his exams ended at lunchtime on friday and he was to leave for camp after friday prayer so we only had a few minutes the night before to go through the things he would be bringing. i packed everything his teacher had list down plus a bit more - hand sanitiser, plasters, panadol (though we've never given them without supervision before), insect repellent, sleeping bag, 2 extra sets of clothes, extra socks, packets and packets of tissues, wet wipes.

amir wanted hubby to take the afternoon off to send him to school. not content with that he wanted both asyraf and ariff to take the day off from school to send him off too. yes, first born - always thinks he's mega important. hubby did take the day off, i think he wouldn't be able to sit still at work anyway.

we got to school a bit late after friday prayers. we should have gone straight after prayers but we took amir home for a quick shower instead. the bus was to leave at 3pm. we made it to school with only 10 minutes to spare. amir's friends were all boarding the bus. he quickly ran to his friends, leaving hubby to carry his bags and put them in the bus.

i held on to his schedule from the day he left til the day he came back. we missed him terribly and couldn't wait for him to come back. even asyraf said he missed amir and it was no fun without him (disturbing everyone) around.

amir's bus was supposed to arrive in school at 4pm on sunday but we got word that the road was clear and they would be earlier than schedule so we left for school. it was wonderful seeing him after 2 days away. even though he came back with some negative stories about the camp and forgot to bring back his school shoes and slippers and socks, he said he had a wonderful time. maybe we'll be a bit more prepared if there's another camp for him - just for him though, not for asyraf or ariff and certainly not for akmal.

after amir came home, he quickly rushed out for his weekly futsal. i was at home, preparing chili crabs for dinner for amir. needless to say, he slept very, very early that night.

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