Katherine (Kate) Doonswan woke up on Saturday morning, made herself a cup of coffee and decided to check her e-mails. When she saw that she had a message on her Facebook wall from her daughter Serena, who was away at summer camp, she was surprised. "I have gotten only one Facebook message from my daughter in all the time I've had a page and that message simply said "Mom, if you ever write on my wall, I will seriously never talk to you again, Love Serena." So I never went there.
Kate was so sure she didn't want to read what was on her wall from her daughter that she logged off the computer, grabbed her keys and decided to go shopping to forget about it for awhile. But curiosity got the better of her, and after about an hour, she went back home and logged back on.
"Well, I got the shock of my life. There on my wall was a message from Serena saying 'Kate (mom) you are seriously my new BFF!' I didn't know what that meant, so I Googled it and found out it mean 'Best Friend Forever!' My jaw dropped about 10 inches," said Kate.
But Kate says the euphoria quickly dissipated as she read follow-up messages from her daughter. "I met the most wonderful guy," "I think I'm in love," "Can we go get birth control pills when I get back home?" It is then that it hit me, the camp I'd sent my 14-year old daughter to was a co-ed camp," said Kate. "I thought that meant she would get different kinds of education, like learning to paint, write poetry, etc. you know, coordinated education. I had no idea it was a boy/girl sleepover camp."
Kate says she is now between a rock and a hard place. "If I go to the camp and pull my daughter out of there, which, of course, is the right thing to do, she will hate me forever. On the other hand, if I just let her have her fun and hope she doesn't do anything stupid until I can get her home and get her on some birth control pills, I may just keep the BFF going for a while longer. You don't know how many of my friends who have daughters Serena's age would kill to be called a BFF by their girls."