Quite Possibly One of The Best Letters From Camp, Ever

Last year, my eight year-old son went to summer camp. It was the first time he had been away from home for more than a night. An hour after I dropped him off, I missed him. By the time I went to bed, I found myself wandering into his bedroom, just to feel close to him.

As the days passed, I wrote to him daily. Each hour dragged as I’d wait for the mailman, hoping for just one letter from him. By that point I missed him so much, I began to imagine what he might write.

I fantasized that one of his letters from camp would look something like this:

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Dear Mom,

Thank you so much for letting me go to camp. I have learned so many cool things, like how to take a fish off the hook, tie sailing knots, and how to groom a horse. Thanks for packing sun screen. I’ve been out on the lake a lot, so it’s really come in handy. You think of everything! I’ve been drinking tons of water since it’s so hot. See? I do listen to all your good advice.

The other boys in my cabin are really smart and nice. I’m making  lifelong friends I will cherish forever. We’ve had fun learning camp songs, playing cards, and catching frogs in our free time. During quiet time, I read the book you sent along. What a great selection! 

Like you suggested, I’m trying a lot of new foods. You were right, the oatmeal at breakfast isn’t bad if I add raisins. And don’t worry, Mom, I’m using all the manners you’ve taught me over the years.

We’re camping under the stars tonight. I hope to see fireflies.

I love you,



P.S. Tell my brothers I miss them! 

The next day I received an actual letter from him. It was just slightly different from what I imagined:

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 This year I’m sending a whole book of stamps to camp with him.

Can’t wait to see what he writes!

About the writer


Liesl, publisher of the website Hairpin Turns Ahead, uses humor and humility to write about navigating life’s twists, turns, and inevitable changes.  A divorced mom of three, she has come to accept that even though her white-picket-fence dream life blew up in her face, it was probably the best thing to have happened.  Follow Liesl on FacebookPinterest,and Twitter.


sarah 11 months ago

Am I the only person that thinks this is completely fake? even the writing seems stylized and the wrongly spelt words seem obviously faked. the author is a writer, I think she made it up!

kip eaton 2 years ago

I have never in my life laughed so hard in my life tears are just rolling because I can’t stop laughing thank you so much for sharing that letter! My son is six now I can’t wait to see what he wrights me! Oh god I’m still laughing!

barbara 2 years ago

i love this its too bad that its completely fake though
https://twitter.com/LieslTestwuide the woman who made it runs a comedy blog where she writes fake letters

Ann 2 years ago


Vanessa 2 years ago

#soveryfunny #LOLforreal

Barbara 2 years ago

WOW. A brilliant, articulate letter. My daughter’s came the day after she got home, shattering my illusions. ‘I will never leave you again. I hate this place. The room smells of damp. The food tastes like plastic. I miss you with my whole heart. I TRY NOT TO CRY. – your loving, ‘dorter’….(had it come sooner we’d have driven through hellfire, if needed, to get her home.

Jonah 2 years ago

Really? This is so fake. Totally cute and adorable in a “Tina Fey writes a movie about a little boy at camp” kind of way but I don’t for a second believe this is real. It is way to obvious and cliche. Everything an adult imagines a kid thinks about and makes bad early 90’s movies about.

JD @ Honest Mom 2 years ago

That is hysterical. I was a camp counselor for years. I only once had a cabin of boys. THAT was an experience. And quite possibly why God graced me with two girls.

Baba P 2 years ago

I remember camp. There’s so much truth in both letters. Kids learn so much at camp; just not what parents expect!

Heather 2 years ago

That was hilarious! I almost got envious of the first letter…until I read on. Ha ha. My now 6 year old boy would prob have similar stories- loved it!

kim 2 years ago

As the mom of three teen boys, this was FUNNY! Our 9 yr old girl just rolls her eyes. Boys are hilarious and always unpredictable. :) :)

Michelle 2 years ago

I sent my son away for camp two years in a row and am still not sure if I sent him to an autism camp or a super secret spy academy. Either way I got absolutely no information at the end, least of all letters.

So, did he show you how to light farts?

Unclejoe 2 years ago

I couldnt read it too small where can i go to read it better my nephew wants to go to camp this year gmaw said no next year so my wife ,taking him camping

ELM 2 years ago

I am so glad that I read this TODAY and not this past week while my kid was at camp! HOLY COW! Awesome. Just awesome.

Nana 2 years ago

That is priceless!! I had my best laugh in years. lol

Jennifer 2 years ago

I already love your blog and now I know your kids are amazing! I love this letter!

Angie In My 30s 2 years ago

LMAO that was amazing. As the mother of 2 boys that is perfectly on point. They’re all the same!!

Thanks for the laugh

Morgaine Swann 2 years ago

That’s precious! Thanks for sharing!

Susan 2 years ago

This is cute but completely fake. At least people got some enjoyment out of it.

Holly 2 years ago

K, I don’t have kids – don’t really want them – but this letter almost makes me want to have them!! LOLOL!!! Absolutely hilarious!! XD

    Walter White 2 years ago

    I hope you are not serious. This letter is FAKE, if you look through the omments its pointed out several times how it is provenly fake and you would like to get children for a fake message that is just created, because someone wants to get attention?

Pat B 2 years ago

absolutely priceless! I needed a laugh this morning, and this was just perfect…….especially with summer camps ahead!

Dovonna Cruz 2 years ago

Seriously the most enlightening literature ive read in awhile. Im sending my son to camp for the first time and I imagine I’ll be you come July. Refreshing to know the kids will have alotta extra curricular activities.

Kristine 2 years ago

Thanks for the morning tears!

ShermCraig 2 years ago

Sorry, not buying it. There’s just no way….

Ellis Jayus 2 years ago

I think this came from my #3 child. The older two never wrote letters…now I know why!

ellisjayus 2 years ago

I think this came from my #3 child. (The older ones refused to write letters…now I know why!)

Karen 2 years ago


Is this for real? It truthfully happened and her 8 year old wrote that letter?
I’m so gullible and have fooled often enough that I’m skeptical now.

(It is very funny!)
I’m just super impressed if that is truthfully the original letter sent by her 8 year old child :-).

Mary Thompson 2 years ago

Wow love that I laughed until I had tears. It is so honest & sweet.

Calvin Wood 2 years ago

Well, it may be fake. If so, who cares. As a senior staff member at a scout camp. I can assure you that this stuff happens. We have a camp for 9 & 10 years olds. We take away quite a few lighters. The boys wear the same clothes for the time they are there. When the 12 to 17 year olds show up. I have to have some of the boys go take a shower before I allow them on the riffle range. The contest is to see who can collect the most dirt on their body and wear the same clothes during their week at camp. They also see who can drink the most milk at meals, who go with out sleep the longest, who can buy the most candy, drink the most soda. pee on the weather rock(and not get caught), eat the most cobbler, and yes light the biggest fart. As the rifle instructor, have seen boys run up to their moms telling them they got to shoot a real gun Then smile at horror in moms eyes. Because, she does not like guns. Oh well. The best one, is when I have them empty their pockets to shoot from the support prone position(laying flat on their bellys). I have counted up to 8 pocket knives. Of all shapes, sizes and styles.So, I can relate to this letter. My son came home from a church camp with a burnt butt. I asked him what happen and he just smiled. I said ” lighting blue dart were you?” Boys never change.

    Susan 2 years ago

    Don’t touch any little kids, Calvin. We’re watching you.

Reggie 2 years ago

That sounds like some of my weekend adventures in the NC mountains. There’s really not too much difference between 46 year old boys and 10 year old boys, just add alcohol!

mike 2 years ago

Hilarious! So faked, but still hilarious!

    Karen 2 years ago

    I thought someone was pulling my leg!

Rachel 2 years ago

This had me in stitches! I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.

Patrina Hurt 2 years ago

Wonderful! I just couldn’t stop laughing. Such a letter. Must be read.

Susan S 2 years ago

As an elementary school teacher (2nd and 3rd grade) for many years, I have never seen such punctuation in an 8 year old. Nearly perfect. You should be proud of your school! In many elementary curriculum punctuation is focused on after spelling. Amazing to know that some schools are a. teaching letter writing, and b. teaching postscript and post super-scriptum. Haven’t seen that taught since I was a young girl in school. Wow!

rick im 2 years ago

This seems pretty fake you wrote the letter and got your som to write it

haley 2 years ago

So cute! I loved going to camp as a kid. I sometimes donate to our Y so local poor kids can go. At my camp on your b day you got to “kiss the moose” (a huge taxidermied moose head above the fireplace) my b day is in december and so i didn’t get to kiss the moose my first year. I was quite bummed, so the next year my mom put my birthday down as July something so I would get to kiss it. Moms are great right?! She also mailed me a giant- like 6oz- jawbreaker, cause getting mail was a huge thing there too. She didnt just mail the jawbreaker in a box or envelope though, it was sealed in its own cellophane wrapper and she stamped and wrote the address right on the wrapper so everyone could see this huge jawbreaker with a stamp on it. She did a lot of stuff above and beyond to make me feel special, still does too. Did you know as long as there are no laces you can even mail a shoe without being otherwise packaged?

Juniper 2 years ago

It reads fake to me. The choice misspellings seem very methodical.

MARY 2 years ago


Linda White 2 years ago

Hilarious! My kids went to church camp every year from about ages 8 – 17 or 18 and loved it and had so many fun stories and met lot of friends.

Adam 2 years ago

I have 5 brothers, this brought me back! I laughed so hard it hurt!

fallon 2 years ago

SO FUNNY! I’m sitting in a hospital waiting room laughing hysterically at this post while everyone just stares!!!

Jennifer Huston Derouiche 2 years ago

I cried. So funny.

Jenny Schultz 2 years ago

OMG these made me laugh out loud!!!

Clare Bridgford 2 years ago


Lisa Twoinbush 2 years ago

It’s so funny that the rubes that read this nonsense think this is real.

Johnsey 2 years ago

Is this 8 year really that bad at spelling? I’m a little suspicious. If this is real…please teach your kid what spelling is.

Kathryn Taylor 2 years ago

All I can say is ‘Holy crap! ‘

Pat Musolf 2 years ago

That is the funniest thing

Suzie Platz 2 years ago

This letter is complete, self-aggrandizing bullshit. A child of 8 didn’t write this and there are some pretty glaring reasons why. I’m happy to debate those reasons if anyone feels strongly enough to reply. I feel bad that writers feel the need to pass off fiction – even when it’s inspired by the truth – as anecdotal history.

Cathy Ann Parker 2 years ago

Hilarious !

Rebecca L Cornell Medeiros 2 years ago

She need a to send him with extra stamps and an extra toothbrush. Lol

Kimberleih Edwards 2 years ago

They need a LOVE IT button on here! I laughed till I cried! Kids! gotta love ’em.

Stacy Winternitz 2 years ago

Laughing so hard crying. Everyone at work staring at me. Lol!!!!

Kathy 2 years ago

So funny. I couldn’t stop laughing.

Lindsey Bast 2 years ago

Too funny! :)

Ames 2 years ago

Ok people that’s SOOO fake. The handwriting is clearly an adult writing lefty. No kid writes like that. And no kid would refer to his brothers like that. They would say “Tell Jim…” – this is some person looking for publicity. Everything is very camp cliche. And camps don’t give unlimited food. They don’t have a budget for all the kids to eat 30 Popsicles.

Stacey Bass McPherson 2 years ago

So. Freaking. AWESOME!

Ina Midgett 2 years ago

I am still laughing…what a cool kid

Choogie` 2 years ago

This is probably as real as the Rolex I bought for $20 from a guy on the street.

Tina Leone Rook 2 years ago

You do realize the mother penned this letter? This was not written by a child.

Paula 2 years ago

So glad it didn’t get on his pillow!! That was the funniest thing I’ve read, maybe ever! I love having boys :)

nic 2 years ago

lady, you OBVIOUSLY wrote those letters that were from your 8 year old son. You either made him write what you had to say. Or you , (very creepily i might add) got into the mind of an 8 year old and tried to write like one. This is sad… SMDH

    Suzie Platz 2 years ago

    Writing from the perspective of a child is fine, unless you’re passing it off as a real letter that a child wrote, and then it’s dishonest and manipulative.

kathie 2 years ago

Coffee just came out of my nose! This was awesome, thanks so much for sharing.

Jameson Lovell 2 years ago

Ummm….everyone knows these letters are fake, right? I admire the creativity but they are clearly fake. The handwriting is too perfectly consistent in its childlike imperfection, and plus it’s all just too much to be accurate. Great fiction though!

    Ames 2 years ago

    Agree!!! So obviously crafted by an adult! C’mon people you’re smarter than that. Fart jokes, poop, eating sugar…puh-lease. You forgot to add that he never washed his hands. Kids are way more creative than the fake one in this letter!

Kim 2 years ago

Well at least you know the cause of the “diyareeya.” Too many push pops!

Christen Lackey Hawthorne 2 years ago

Omg. That is so funny!

Monica Empowering Parents 2 years ago

This is a RIOT! :)

Parri Sontag (Her Royal Thighness) 2 years ago

Absolutely HILARIOUS! This is a framer!

Jennifer Aucoin Bruker 2 years ago

I love this!! My son is exactly like this

Melissa Owens 2 years ago

All my mommy friend should read this. It’s awesome.

Freitag Debbie 2 years ago

so true! and having kids, I learned toothbrushes are as functional as a swiss army knife

Ellen Fransen Thielen 2 years ago

Smoke came off the poop! It was awesome!!!

Funny Is Family 2 years ago

HILARIOUS. I can’t wait for this summer’s recap!

Julie Crites 2 years ago

This was the best early morning read ever.

Pat Martens Engle 2 years ago

I have 3 grown sons!!!!! Can so relate to this! I’m still laughing! Good way to begin my day!!!!! Thanks!!!!:) :) :)

Kathy Moyer Brady 2 years ago

To funny

Kevin Jones 2 years ago

Too funny and I can relate for sure… thanks for sharing


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