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Friday, August 04, 2006

You Are How You camped

Here is a great article about kid's reactions to camp and what that can (perhaps, maybe) predict about their personalities in adulthood. I liked it a lot, that is, until I came to this paragraph:
Some people really, really enjoy camp. I wish I could tell you that these people grow up to be really, really normal, but they don't. You know who I'm talking about. These are the ones who wept uncontrollably when the papiermache numbers spelling out 1967 were set ablaze on a little raft that a camp counselor, under cover of darkness, towed stealthily to the middle of Lake Weecheewachee on the evening of the last group sing. These are the people for whom childhood represented the zenith of human existence and everything that followed an anticlimax. The women--they're mostly women--usually end up in abusive relationships with pathologically angry men who eventually abandon them and pay child support erratically, if at all. If the person who really, really enjoyed camp is a man, then he is unlikely ever to develop an intimate relationship and on occasion may be spotted in the back of a police cruiser speeding away from a grade-school playground.

Yes, that was me, the uncontrollable weeper, although it wasn't 1967 on fire, of course.

For the record, I've never been in an abusive relationship (well, at least not physically abusive, but everyone's a little emotionally abusive from time to time, right?). And, other than the excerpted section, the article is a funny must-read.




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