Posted by: Ofer Aronskind | June 2, 2012

It’s Never Easy to Say Goodbye

Four of the last five chapters of Summer Sleep-Away deal with Mattie Kleinfeld saying goodbye to his girlfriend, his bunkmates, and everyone else at Camp Kineret, and there’s a good reason for that. Saying goodbye is one of the most difficult things kids learn to do.

It’s a struggle to accept that something we do, something we love, will come to an end. And that’s a lifetime struggle. All things do end and that means the end of something we know well. Things we know well give us security and stability. Those are important qualities, and kids need them to thrive.

As strange as he felt when he arrived, Mattie came to feel comfortable in his role within his bunk. And he also came to feel comfortable in his role as Nicole Sharona’s boyfriend. Summer camp, which started as an obstacle to his happiness, eventually became the source of great joy for him.

But we need new things as well. And the end of something also means the beginning of something else. We need these new challenges to test the knowledge and skills we hone during periods of stability and security, as well as to develop more knowledge and newer skills.

Mattie will go on to grow and change as a person, and his experiences with everyone at summer sleep-away camp will help him continue to grow as an individual. Just like so many others who have enjoyed their summer camp experience.


  1. This is really a nice post. Obviously, you are putting a lot of hard work on your blog. I’m sure I’d come back here more often.

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