Call to Honor Giveaway – Answer Me This


As a single mom, Harper spends a lot of time trying to make sure she gives her son a balanced, full life. With that in mind, she took him camping.  Here’s a peek into her son, Nathan’s opinion of her views on camping:

“Mom, I’m starving. Like, I could eat a whole Tauntaun,” Nathan announced as he ran into the kitchen.

“I didn’t have time to stop by the planet Hoth for Tauntaun, so we’re having chicken instead.” Harper forced a smile. She had to struggle with some of the Star Wars references, but anything from the first three movies, she was solid on. She pointed a finger at her son before he could slide into his chair. “Wash. Then set the table.”

“’Kay.” He hurried to the kitchen sink, nudging the stool in with his foot and turning the water on before she could remind him of her opinion on kicking the furniture. “Chicken is way better than fish. Jeremy said his mom is making him eat something called hall butt tonight because he’s going to adventure camp.”

“Halibut,” Harper’s lips twitched and just like that, the bulk of the stress drained away. “And you hate eating fish.”

“I’d eat it if I went to adventure camp. It’d be different there, cuz I’d be catching it and all that stuff. Jeremy says they go fishing and hiking and all sorts of cool things there. They even learn how to tie knots.” Nathan jumped down, not bothering to move the stool aside before hopping over to gather the dishes she’d already set out on the island.   “Do you think they tell ghost stories around a campfire, too? That’d be cool. I know some good stories.”

Harper let the questions roll over her as she tried to figure out how to tell Nathan that his father was dead. Did she explain that before she told him he was going to camp? Or did she start with the camp news and let him revel for a while before she burst his happy little bubble?


“Hmm?” Forcing herself to shake off the what ifs and focus on what mattered—Nathan—Harper brought the salad to the table.

     “Those are guy things, aren’t they?”

Guy things? She replayed the conversation as she handed Nathan a bowl of salad, then arched one brow

“Are you trying to say that a woman couldn’t hike or fish or sail?” she asked, dishing up her own salad while giving her son a narrow look.

“Sure. Girls can if they wanted.” He stabbed a chunk of cucumber, then shot her a wicked smile. “Not you, cuz you don’t like anything that’s dirty or slimy. After we tried camping last summer, I heard you tell Andi that you’d rather eat slugs than sleep on the ground again. But I suppose some girls prolly like dirt and slime. It’s okay that you don’t.”

“Smart boy,” she murmured. Andi was right. She couldn’t be enough for Nathan. Not by herself, she admitted as a wave of guilt washed over her. This guilt was as familiar as her own skin. It’d come with the pregnancy hormones and never left.

“Eat your salad,” was all she said, though.

Yeah… camping was definitely out of Harper’s comfort zone.  How about you?  Are you a fan of camping?  And what do you think of Harper’s try at giving her boy a rounded life?

Leave your camping thoughts in the comments and one lucky response will be drawn to win a Sexy SEAL Swag Bag and an autographed book randomly chosen from my stash!


  • Irma J says:

    I love camping! My parents took us camping almost every year and I still love it. I prefer camping by the lake.
    You can’t make anyone love the camping so Harper tried her best and I admire her for that.

  • Lisa Conklin says:

    When I was a kid my parents made sure I knew how to camp, fish (including cleaning it an cooking it) so I know how to do all the camping n fishing stuff but it’s not something I enjoyed so I just don’t do it.

  • jackie woodland says:

    I don’t mind camping, we used to do it

  • April Kirkland says:

    I think camping could be fun. I have only been a couple times when I was younger and one of those times I woke up to a very swollen face from a mysterious allergic reaction. I have outgrown most of my allergies now so maybe it is time to try out camping again.

  • Diana Tidlund says:

    hubby and I are motorcycle riders and during the warmer weather we camp out with the bikes every weekend with friends… from mass to NY to NH and well where ever we feel like… slap the tent and bags on the bikes and we are good to go.

  • Kerri Fowler says:

    I haven’t been camping since I was little but I do remember loving it and I think it’s great that she tries to keep his life rounded

  • Colleen says:

    I have not gone camping since I was a pre-teen. Enjoyed it…

  • Rose D Boniello says:

    Camping = no way!!

    My idea of roughing it is no room service!!

    I need a bed — give me a cabin & I’d be okay.

  • Bea LaRocca says:

    I used to love to go camping and fishing too although I haven’t been for the last several years. I am a huge fan of the great outdoors although I could do without snakes and mosquitoes…lol. I think that it’s a great idea to expose your children to as many different environments as possible while they’re growing up.

  • I used to camp and fish. I esp liked fishing and took my boys regularly. The camping, not so much. Their dad was master of that field!
    She’s trying hard and that is the important thing.

  • Kelly Wickham says:

    I think she is doing an excellent job. Even if she doesn’t like camping she did take her son out anyway (pretty sure she already knew she wouldn’t like it 😉 ). I don’t mind camping overnight (as long as I have mosquito repellent) but much more than that, no.

  • Tonya says:

    My idea of camping is going to stay in a nice hotel in the Blue Ridge or Smoky Mountains. I had enough of roughing it when I was in the Girl Scouts. These days I want a hot shower & an indoor potty with running water attached to my room instead of across the dark paths of a campground. Yes, I’m a big sissy. Lol.?

  • Tonya says:

    My idea of camping is going to stay in a nice hotel in the Blue Ridge or Smoky Mountains. I had enough of roughing it when I was in the Girl Scouts. These days I want a hot shower & an indoor potty with running water attached to my room instead of across the dark paths of a campground. Yes, I’m a big sissy. Lol.? I admire Harper for trying it.

  • Linda Bratcher says:

    Went camping with family every weekend for about 5 years in the summer. We had a boat and would leave on Friday afternoon and come back Sunday afternoon. Several families always camped in the same area and we made friends with them for life. I would not change those memories for anything. I even had a little romance going with one of the other campers.

  • Mary Preston says:

    I went camping so much as a child. With the family and the school. I have had my fill. At the school camps if rained every single time. Just miserable. I’m done with camping.

  • Kari Angeles says:

    I love that Harper is trying to give her son a well rounded life. It will make him a better person. I only like camping if I’m near a flushing toilet. I hate squatting in the woods.

  • Candy Lind says:

    I love the outdoorsy part of camping, but I never get any sleep unless I take drastic measures – air mattress at a minimum, and LOTS AND LOTS of pillow & blankets. Which makes logistics a bit cumbersome … ?

  • Gale S. says:

    [snort!] My idea of roughing it is a hotel room that only has a black and white tv. And yeah. Don’t think those exist anymore so that should say somethin’ about me! :>)

  • Tammu says:

    I didn’t like camping when I was younger, but now I wish I could go camping. I’d even camp in a tent as long as the area wasn’t so crowded!

  • Gail Palmere says:

    My idea of camping is at least a four star hotel!! I have two girls, but they went camping with the girl scouts. I was even a girl scout leader, but I found other mothers who liked camping. My girls are grown now. The oldest one loves to camp and does whenever she can. The younger one has two daughters. She is now a girl scout leader! I think it great that Harper is trying to give her son a rounded life. That is what we should all do as parents.

  • I love nature and the outdoors, but have only been camping a few times. I love that Harper was willing to step out of her comfort zone for her son! I would have gone camping more if my children would have liked it. 😀

  • Iva says:

    I like camping as long as there is a bathroom near by.

  • Sharon Guagliardo says:

    I like him a lot. He seems like a good kid, too. And he knows his mom inside and out. I think Harper has done a good job…a kid need rounding out!!. Camping? I’ve been a few times when I was a bit younger. Now I like my movies and my couch!! My husband’s idea of camping is the Marriott!!

  • Mary Anne Meyne says:

    Never been fishing, doubt I could bait a hook or take a fish off the line. I can’t stand touching slimy, slippery, wet things. Camping if I get a bed in a cabin. With my body and at my age, no way could I sleep on the ground. I wouldn’t even be able to move the next day. Walking trails might be okay, if I can figure out what the problem is with my knees. I need a shower facility and bathroom too, no going in the woods. If I get a strong, hot guy that would make it more tolerable.

  • Angela says:

    I loved camping, all those fishing and boating and climbing trees when I was younger. But now I have no time for it and as a single Mom I don’t have that luxury anymore. I’m working overseas to support my Son and parents they are the ones taking care of him while I’m working.

  • Laurel Daugherty says:

    I am with my Dad when it comes to camping. Lol!!
    My Dad thought it would be cheaper in the long run to ‘camp’ rather than stay in motel rooms with 5 kids.
    He and Mom came home with a 31′ airstream trailer.
    The fun and laughs we had camping out in that trailer
    We had a 6 week vacation touring the southwest and up the California/Washington coast line.
    What wonderful memories you have brought back for me. Thank You!!

  • Teresa Fordice says:

    Loved camping s a kid! As an adult not so much

  • Crystal says:

    The only way I go camping is if I have a rv to sleep in I am not a fan of sleeping in a tent under the stars type.

  • Jen M says:

    No camping for me, unless I have a nice cabin or RV to sleep in. I’m not a fan of the outdoors – too many bugs!