Thursday, November 13, 2008
Sepia Scenes: Treasure Ship
This little wooden ship is nearly 30 years old.
My son made it his first week at 'big kid day camp' - before this he always spent the summer at nursery school, no different than the rest of the year.
He enjoyed the first week of the first time at 'big kid day camp'. He got to go on 'the giant bus that smells like gasoline' and he met kids from all over, not just the kids he knew from the neighborhood.
It was a short honeymoon.
The 'big kid day camp' soon became 'these people are trying to kill me camp'. On the first day of his second week they fed him tuna sandwiches that had been sitting in the sun all morning. On the second day of the second week they sent him into Clove Lake on Staten Island without his water wings even though he told them he didn't swim very well.
On the third day of the second week they put him on a horse that tried to throw him. This was the day the camp got it's new name. Jeffrey called me at work from a pay phone at the riding academy and in the true theatrical fashion that would become his trademark whispered into the phone - "send Uncle John to get me NOW, these people are trying to kill me."
On the fourth day of the second week he didn't go to that camp anymore.
The rest of the summer was a nightmare of babysitters and taking him to work and using up all my vacation and sick time - childcare for working Moms wasn't so great in the 70s.
But we do have this treasure.
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