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Mom Spot: "Camping" for Moms

My friends gave me one of the all-time greatest cards on my last birthday. I'll confess that much of the time paper cards hit the recycling bin within weeks of the celebration, but this one is a keeper.

On the front of the card it has a beautiful 1960's housewife tucked in bed under an electric blanket. Her hair is flawlessly coiffed and she is resting with her hand behind her head. The caption bubble simply says, "I love not camping." Genius. Hilarious. I still laugh when I think about it (mostly because my friends know me so well and managed to find such a card!).

Camping is another sacrifice I make for my kids. Shortly after we got married and moved to Colorado (where, by the way, it seems like everyone camps), I coined the phrase, "My idea of roughing it is staying at the Super 8." And I meant it. But lately I'm changing my tune because, frankly, I don't like to be a complainer. And (here we go... the secret is out), camping really can be fun!

But that doesn't change the fact that camping is darn hard work and when you are a mom, your idea of a vacation doesn't include tons of dirt (unless it's a mud mask), people rubbing up against you in small spaces - like in the tent (unless it's your masseuse in a quiet room), being uncomfortably hot (unless it's in a sauna), and extra laundry (unless it includes your fluffy robe hitting the floor and someone else is washing it).

Which is why I say, "Camping for moms should be a spa day!" It's basically all the same stuff, right?!?

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