Well, it ended up being a total mom fail. I got his hopes up and got him overly excited and set up for pure, bitter, disappointment. Wouldn't you know that he spiked a fever in the middle of the night? Yep, a 102 fever.... ugghhhhhh. I couldn't believe it. Really? This was not fair! I even asked Mike, "Can I send him anyway?" Mike let out a laugh and said, "Absolutely not." Sweet Eddie was so incredibly disappointed. He was so mad at me ( of course). He wanted to meet those police officers so badly, he cried and cried, and his fever persisted for four days. He pretty much missed the whole first week of camp, and I was so desperate that I actually turned on the TV show Cops, and let him watch a little to cheer him up. Then I heard him say, "Ewwww look at all of that blood" and I flew across the room and changed the channel. What is wrong with me? What kind of mother am I?
Finally, by the end of the week, he was fever free and ready to arrest people. The camp was amazing. Eddie loved going every single day. He learned how to stop, look, and listen when crossing the street. He suddenly became an adamant seat belt enforcer to all car riders - Mom included. He told me all about stranger danger and he told me that if anyone, ANYONE ever asks him if he wants to meet a cute puppy then he would say NO and scream for help! He learned how to dial 911 and subsequently, I had to role play being the police dispatcher and Eddie would have some sort of emergency at the house that required reciting our address to to the dispatcher. I particularly appreciated the camp's focus on poison control. Especially because now anytime Mary Elizabeth opens the kitchen cabinet under the sink Eddie yells, "Baby on chemicals! I repeat baby ON CHEMICALS!" Who needs safety locks when you have a five year old police officer.
I was not surprised that he was the last child dismissed everyday because he was too busy talking to the officers, talking their ears off I am sure. Officer Jackie and Officer Jayme came out into the hallway to meet me and I thanked them for such a wonderful camp and I explained that Eddie was so excited to be here. I told them that he was a firefighter two years in a row for Halloween but last year, he decided to be a police officer instead. In no less than two minutes, Eddie blurted out that Mommy let him watch Cops, and that this lady had blood all over her. Welp, I was mortified, and tried to laugh it off. And then he told them that one time, he handcuffed Mommy behind her back and then he lost the keys, and Mommy had to stay handcuffed for a whole hour until Daddy got home from work and helped find the keys to unlock her. More awkward uneasy laughter from me. I did not deny this, because yes, it was a true story. Those darn handcuffs, I bought them.... Again, what is wrong with me?
Eddie had a second fantastic week of camp, and I talked with both officers and the teacher daily, exchanging facts about Eddie, including his retinoblastoma. They said that they enjoyed having Eddie in the class, and I shared that he was pretty much obsessed with police officers and firefighters, and that this camp was the highlight of his summer without a doubt. Officer Jayme thought that maybe Eddie could come by the station one day, and they could let him look inside the patrol car, and maybe even take a spin. What? Seriously? I thought that would be incredible, that Eddie would be in his glory. Officer Jayme said he would talk to his captain and figure out some details and get back to me. Well, September 6th became the date, and Officer Jayme said that they were going to have a swearing in ceremony and have Eddie become an honorary police officer. He said they were going to throw a pizza party for Eddie and he asked would that date work, could we make it? Ummmmmmmm, yeah! I quickly called Mike and told him and he couldn't believe it either. Eddie was going to flip out!