Day 28

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Marge who really wanted to go camping. Marge had seen pictures of people camping before and in all the pictures the people looked like they were having fun. Some of the people in the pictures sat in around a campfire. Marge knew how to build a campfire, because her girl scout leader,  Mrs. Ting, had told her how to build one. Mrs. Ting said that if you make a teepee shape with sticks and leaves and then light it, that all you have to do next is to add the big sticks and logs. Marge was in girl scouts with all of her friends and they were planning on going camping the very next weekend. Marge was not so interested in the sticks and logs and building the campfire, but she was very interested in roasting marshmallows in the fire. Marge loved marshmallows, and she was looking forward to making s’mores. Marge knew how to make a s’more and she thought it was easy, all you have to do to make a s’more is to put a roasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate between two big graham crackers. The only real reason why Marge wanted to go camping was to eat s’mores, but she thought that other things about camping could be fun too. Marge thought, “well maybe putting up the tent will not be fun, and I sure do not want to use the bathroom outside, and I do not want to get bit by any bugs…” then Marge gasped, “Oh no,” she thought “The bears!!” Marge shuddered when she thought about a bear getting near her campsite. Marge was really scared now, and when her mother came in her room and sat next to her on her bed, Marge said, “I’m not sure that I want to go camping, I do not think it is a very good idea.” Marge’s mother said, “Marge, all you could talk about was camping earlier this week, why do you think it is a bad idea to go on your trip?” Marge said, “Well I do not think I can put up a tent.” And Marge’s mother said, “Anyone can put up a tent Marge, Mrs. Ting has instructions anyway and your friends will have to help too.” Then Marge said, “but I do not want to have to use the bathroom in the woods.” And Marge’s mother replied, “Once in awhile we all have to use the bathroom in places where we are not used to or do not like as much at our bathroom at home. I do not like going to the bathroom at McDonalds, but sometimes I have to use the bathroom when we are there.” Then Marge said, “But MOTHER, there will be bugs, and I do not want to get a bug bite.” Marge’s mom said, “So you will wear bug spray silly. I know you can not have too many more reasons why you do not want to go camping.” Marge said, “Oh, I am not going to go camping mom, I have a great big reason why I just can not go.” Marge’s mother replied, “What is this big reason why you do not want to go?” “Bears, mom, great big bears. I am not going out into the woods to be eaten by a bear.” Marge’s mom rested her head in the palm of her hand and then looked up, she said to Marge, “So let me get this straight, you do not want to go on a fun trip with your friends, because you think a big bear will eat you up?” Marge hesitated and then said, “Yes mom.” And Marge’s mom laughed and said, “Marge, bears do not eat humans. Here is what you need to know about bears, Do not feed a bear anything if you see one, and definitely do not feed a bear any honey. Do not play with a baby bear, because the mother will not like that too much. Do not leave trash around your campsite, put any trash you have into the garbage can, and if you do happen to see a bear, do not run away, just call for Mrs. Ting. There are not many bears anyway Marge, and most of the bears only want to eat trash. Stay with Mrs. Ting and no bears will bother you.” After Marge’s mother finished telling her how to handle bears, Marge said, “Well, I guess I am going to go camping.” Later, when Marge came home she told her mom all about her camping trip. Marge said that she got a few bug bites, that she did not have to use the bathroom in the woods after all, because the campsite had their own bathrooms, and that her tent fell down a few times, but she and her friends put the tent back together. She also told her mother that she never saw a single bear. Marge told her mother about how she went swimming and sang campfire songs with her friends while they roasted marshmallows around the campfire with her friends, and that she found a lot of butterflies. Marge told her mother that she had had the best weekend ever, and Marge put her pictures of her and her friends sitting around the campfire in her scrapbook. Next year, her friends are going camping again and Marge has already signed up to go!


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