At the summer camp that Kaitlyn has been going to all summer, each Thursday was basically a “free choice” kind of day. The campers were given two choices of afternoon activities, with one being a more physical activity, the other less intense. Sometimes it would be ziplining or bowling, other times arts and crafts or a sports academy visit.
For the most part, Kaitlyn has done good about varying up her choices in order to get a chance to do more activities. Of course, if the choice was doing something other than going to one of our local sports academies, she would choose to not go to the sports academy. And she had a good reason for the decision, or it at least seemed that way.
Last year, she got sick the evening after going to the sports academy. Amber and I knew then and know now that it was her usual sickness that happens when she overdoes things and gets exhausted (it tends to be the only way she slows down). Kaitlyn was and remains convinced it had something to do with the visit to the sports academy that day. Ok, sure.
This morning as we were heading to camp, she shared with me why she was going to choose to do arts and crafts, and she cited her illness last year as the main reason. That got me to thinking, and led me to ask her to really think about her reasoning. I used the fact that she had gotten sick at LEGOLAND the time we visited as my argument as to why she shouldn’t be quick to eliminate a place off of one (perceived) bad thing happening. I reminded her that she got sick to the point where I had to carry her for quite some time (I also needed a new shirt), but she still rides rollercoasters and water rides at theme parks. Of course, she had an answer for that.
She claims that her experience at LEGOLAND helped make her into the daredevil that she is today, and made her want to ride rollercoasters even more; I used that same logic, or at least tried to, about visiting the sports academy again. She wasn’t buying it. I guess she likes to pick and choose which bad experiences are growing times or learning experiences, and which are the ones that make it to where she won’t try something a second time.