I have a confession to make so I hope you are ready. I lack the camping gene. That’s right, this quilter here doesn’t like to camp at all. I know that you camping fans are booing and throwing things at your computer. I’m not proud of it but let me explain why I don’t camp.
I camped years ago in a galaxy far far away. My parents brought us on camping trips in my youth. My Mom was pretty excited about cooking over a camp fire. I wanted to go to restaurants. We all slept in the same camper with the night air streaming through. I wished I had been left at home. My favorite part of that trip was the night it poured rain and we had to stay in a hotel plus eat at their dining room. Finally!
As an adult I camped with my girls at Girl Scout Camps. I did it to be a good Mom but does it earn you points when you are counting the minutes until it is over? I had to use the washroom in the middle of the night. This involved climbing down from the bunk, getting a flashlight and walking by myself, on the lookout for bears. to the slightly stinky latrine. Did I mention I was walking alone in the dark?
I also took showers on both of these experiences. Again you walk a fair distance to clean yourself and get completely redressed to walk back. I know I am missing something but quite frankly I just don’t get the fun.
I prefer to make my life easier not harder and cooking over some fire doesn’t do that. I like really nice, clean and private bathrooms just for me. Hey, I’ve seen scary camping movies and quite frankly they make me really apprehensive. And I hate bugs or dousing myself in Deet. I think I’ve explained why I don’t camp. Hmm, you’re wondering what do you like to do outside?
What about sewing outdoors? No thank you! I like to be super cool while I sew and not fight insects over space on the cutting table. It’s why I love sewing and quilting – they are Winter sports, Spring sports, summer sports and fall sports! OK, they are my sports at least. Sortof sports? No?
I love travel and family activities. I like cities, museums and plays. I really love inside activities with air conditioning. Admit it, it’s fun to not sweat!
I like swimming pools, concerts and bus tours of new places. I like new restaurants, old restaurants and quite frankly any experience that gets me out of cooking. I do some other healthy things, in fact, I eat beets on a regular basis.
I have been living with this secret too long, the hidden shame of not being a camper. I have seen your pictures and heard your stories. I just would rather go to a quilt store. Sleep in a hotel. Have tea in the afternoon.
Don’t hate me! We can sew together just don’t ask me to get up close and personal with bugs, nature and humidity. However, I will agree to eat a nice meal on a swanky outdoor patio free of mosquitoes or too much sun. Now that’s my idea of outdoor fun!
Sew happy! But indoors!
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