Weird day today, one that challenged my love of people and public
service. It began with an opening phone call from a belligerent woman
who demanded to know what summer camp activities we were having for the
children. I explained we were not a summer camp. She replied she knew
that, but she wanted to know what field trips we had planned. I told her
we didn't do field trips. I explained the summer reading game, but she
wanted to know what I was planning to offer the children
in terms of trips to the zoo, the museums, the park. I explained again
that we had no trips.
"You mean, you are not having trips?"
"Let me get this straight, is it only you that's not doing
trips and why is that if everyone else is?"
I explained that no one was
"You used to. You had all kinds of trips. Please Touch
Museum, Zoo . Like that."
I told her we never did those trips, but that
in some years, cultural institutions gave us passes to give to the
children as prizes.
"Give me Welsh Road's phone number. Since you
obviously don't want to give children a camp experience with trips, I'll
call a more cooperative library. What are we supposed to do with these
kids now that they are out of school?" I refrained from answering, "How
about parenting them!"