The first year, it was because she had just turned 5, was newly diagnosed, and the thought of leaving her ANYWHERE, even with medical professionals, felt overwhelming and scary.
The next year, she was a little older, on a pump and a little more independent, and seeing her more comfortable with things of course felt like she was growing up too fast.
This year, her crazy 4 year old brother gets to go too...and seeing them enjoy it together brought all the waterworks back one more time.
Of course, there is also the reminder that we're here BECAUSE of diabetes, and really I would like it to go away.
But that reminder will be overshadowed by the fun they'll have while not needing to be checked on by me. And the fact that she's safe because of highly trained counselors and volunteers. And the fact that she gets to see all kinds of kids going through the exact same things as her.
For that, I am very, very grateful.