Thursday, May 22, 2008

summer camp blues

Ryan wants to go to summer camp. But not just any camp. A camp based on one of his favorite book series. A day camp. In another state. Over a thousand miles away. A camp that is already booked solid for this year. Logistical issues aside, it would also cost a small fortune to not only attend this camp, but also the transportation and lodging costs associated with attending said camp. But my child is a dreamer. And he is not going to let a little thing like money interfere with the summer camp of his dreams. So after he was told about how much this camp would cost, he began to figure out how long it would take him to save up all the money he would need. He decided that given his current rate of allowance, it would take about 48 months.

Ryan: "So, about 2 years."
Doug: "Um, don't you mean 4 years?"
Ryan: "Well, I think I can probably do it in 2 years if I count birthday money, Christmas money, and street money."
Doug: "Street money?"
Ryan: "Yeah, you know, money you find in the street."
Doug: "And does that happen often?"
Ryan: (sigh) "No, not really."

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