Thank God For Friday And Other Stuff

When the babysitter complained that the people at Savannah’s church camp “are really into that whole God-thing,” and then scrunched her face in disgust, I had to fight to keep my sarcasm in check.

“Quelle horror!” I wanted to say.

The church camp is in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District, right off Wall Street and a stone’s throw from the New York Stock Exchange, so I found it ironic this was her concern.

To me, the church, with its peace slogans, payers and songs, is a blessing. Like most Manhattan working parents, summer throws me into a tizzy, as I have to piecemeal both the funds and camps to get me through the 9-week school break.  So, when our church announced that it was offering a camp I immediately pounced.  In my opinion, it had everything a good New York City camp should: an air conditioning building, a cemetery where kids can play (no playground on Wall Street), and financial aid.

“I am a single mom and have medical expenses” I called to say soon after submitting my application, emphasizing my role as head of household.

“What do you have?” she asked. I thought she meant condition, so went into a lengthy explanation about Savannah’s health problem.

“No, I mean what can you pay?”

I had negotiated enough salaries to know you never want to offer the first number.

“What seems reasonable to you?” I asked, stalling for time.

“How about $5.00?”

I was hoping for a miracle, but this was unexpected. Grateful, but still shocked, all I could think to say was “Do you want that check or cash?”

One response to “Thank God For Friday And Other Stuff

  1. You do make church day camp sound like a blessing. My kids have intermittently gone to vacation bible school, but I have to admit, I don’t care for it. They sometimes like it, and it makes my husband’s parents happy, and those are blessings, fersure!

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