Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Playgrounds and Wine

Hey girls!!

Let me just tell you about my day, it was too funny!!

This morning, I woke up for work, so anxious to get to the Park so I could assume position as a GREAT playground counselor! When J and I got to the park, there were 2 kids (they were like 7 and 10) waiting on their bikes as we pulled up!
I was so excited! Our first two kids of the summer! I was so ready to play with them!
They were just the cutest kids, and clearly based on their attitudes toward playground counselors, they really needed some attention and some fun.

They came up to us, and the first thing out of their mouths was,
"My momma told me about this camp, what the hell we gonna do all day long?" (Real pretty)

I said, (after I adapted to the fact that a 7 year old just cussed at me!)
"whatever you want little guy!"

He said,
"Bitch, im all man!"

I really, said nothing after that...speechless!

It became apparent that these kids had attitudes, and at first it was hard to get them to be sweet but after an hour or so they warmed up, and were actually really good kids! They were hilarious!
It breaks my heart though, because I can see how angry some of them are because of the way their lives are going, and it is just plain sad! They really just need someone to tell them that they are worth something. Thats why I took the job in the first place though, so I had a mission!
Seriously, most of these moms are so mean, at least when I have seen them, it sucks! Luckily, they are going to all come back tomorrow, and my friend and I are going to have a "cookout" for lunch for everyone with hamburgers and hotdogs!!

PLEASE look at one boy said...

I said,
"boys wouldn't y'all love to play a board game one day?"
The little boy said
"Bitch, I only play connect 4, and I only play for money!"
I said,
"Of course, I have tons of change in my car!"
He said,
"I don't take penny's and you betta bring at least $10 in quarters, dolla bills preferred! No exceptions!"
We eventually agreed on Snickers bars instead of money...a safer bet!

ALSO, my fellow playground counselor friend and I were looking around the playground, scoping it out to see what we needed to do!
I dont spend a lot of quality time in the ghetto, so really I was entertained! As I walked around, I saw a lot of broken glass, beer bottles, needles which I can only assume are used for shootin up, OH, and the worst... CHEWED GUM on my sandal!
Also, gangs are big, thats why I begged to go to St. Marys, but im glad I went to Public School because when I saw "Crips" carved into the sliding board, I knew exactly what it meant...AHH! I was a little worried, because I am just not quite used to that environment, but all in all, I really want to be there for the kids and so if adapting to it is what I have to do, then I will! Really, I cant believe kids have to play in that environment! The park we're at is very much hidden near railroad tracks, and so its just scary. I am glad I have a guy/good friend of mine working with me!
After that cultural experience, I went to see C at his lake house and met his family for the first time! I was excited, I met like aunts, uncles, parents, and siblings. They are all so much fun! We got to the lake and all of us took a pontoon boat ride around. After that, I helped C cook steaks, and walked around the dock. SO much fun!!
Later, we had a glass of wine and sat by the lake.
I really like him, hes great! Tomorrow night a bunch of my friends from Raleigh, and I are going to a huge beach music festival, I am really excited!
Its Chairman of the Board tomorrow!!


Red and White Preppy said...

I never thought that I would see the kind of gang signs that some of my SWEETEST and most loving students could throw up when they don't think I see, but that's becoming the way of the world. These kids don't get as much love at home because of parents having to work so much, so they turn to gangs for love and attention. I wish I could provide a better environment for a lot of these kids! (okay, rant over! :))

Have fun at Chairmen! Glad that things are going well with Frat Boy :)

Kate said...

Yay for you doing something productive with these kids!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are doing a great job at the camp - it's shocking for me to hear about these gangs, because outside London, it's unheard of really here (yet!). Hope you get to the bottom of your health question - sounds like low blood sugar, have you had your B12 levels checked? Could be that? Have a great time at the Beach festical, sounds like fun!

Pearls To Hide My Neck said...

Good for you and your summer job. There is nothing like experiencing a whole different way of life to make you appreiciate your own.
Good luck with frat boy!!!! Make sure he treats you like the lady you are. You're just too cute!

Pearls To Hide My Neck said...

Oops! Should of used spell check. Sorry!

PINK POPPY said...

its definately a scary world out there today....i'm sure that you will be a great role model for those little sassy ones!
Soooo excited to hear that you went out the frat boy again!wu!hoo! :)

Polos & Pearls said...

I totally understand where you are coming from... I use to see my kiddies using "gang" alphabet in middle school...can't wait to see what my high school kids do next year. I have gone private and I'm sending you an invite!!

The Adventures of Maverick & the Mrs. said...

That's awesome that you're giving them a positive role model! Just be careful in rough areas.