Sunday, July 10, 2011

Come back!

Friday night after work I did laundry with Danielle. Yesterday after work we packed all her summer stuff. I bought her a new thing of sunscreen to take, since normally we all share the same one and the morning after pill. I got four international calling cards, and made a copy of Dani's passport for me to keep, and a copy of her birth certificate for her to keep. Alex and I decided to give Dani $50 in case she wants to buy stuff in Italy, but after she left, Alex told me Josh gave her $200.

The program sent a list of all these things students should pack, but that list involved buying tons of stuff. Why would she need more than one sweater or one pair of jeans or one skirt? It was like the point was, bring everything you may possibly want, instead of bring only what you'll really need. Dani took out a Frommer's guide from the library and read all about the different parts of Italy that she'll visit, and how to avoid being an obnoxious American. I also made her watch that movie with Claire Danes where she and her friend wind up in a foreign prison because of drug smuggling. So hopefully Dani won't let her bags out of her site at all.


Anonymous said...

I think she will have a wonderful trip!! How lovely that you are all sending her away with such love!!

Lisa said...

You're a good big sister. I'm proud of you. I know it was tough for you. (Hugs)

Anonymous said...

I'm proud of you too, Sam. I think it shows great strength and growth on your part that you were able to push past your own fears and allow Danielle to go on the trip.

Yankee, Transferred said...

When my daughter went to Europe for 3 weeks in high school, I had a great time helping her pack, and taking photos at the airport, but I SOBBED as I drove away. It's hard to let them go, those little ones. You're a terrific sister. She'll be home in the blink of an eye.