Too bad there are people wandering this earth that feel they are above other people for whatever reason.
- They’re wealthier
- They’re more educated
- They’ve traveled more
- They’re on vacation and you are working
- Who they know
- What type of car they are driving
- How old they are
- What type of handbag they carry
- Where they live
- Their RV size
- Their lack of impact on the environment
- They’re age
- They are retired
The list goes on…these are some of the ones that have surfaced in my recent life.
I’ll share two of the most recent ones…maybe they’ll teach something.
Me: “Excuse me Sir. Can I get you to put your truck in the parking place marked for your site?”
Old Man, craning his head out of his trailer door making quite a production of this question… planning his reply.
He had filled his parking place (which came with his extremely inexpensive site price) with a BBQ, table and lawn chairs instead of his truck. He had his truck parked in a spot AND he had his awning extended making it impossible to park a car. BASICALLY he had 4 parking places taken up and I’m gonna take a stab at the fact that he was one of those people that “ask for forgiveness, not for permission.”
Just as a note: each camp site has a giant space with an enormous picnic table, loads of space for lawn chairs). Also, you get 1 parking place per site. If you haul a trailer you get 2. One for the trailer and one for the truck. That comes along with your camp price. Oh, by the way, if you are a Senior and have a Golden Pass you only pay $12 per night to occupy all of this! It’s such a great deal. The price right now is $10 for a Lifetime Pass. I have been told that goes to $80 in October I think.
Old Man: “Sorry, is something wrong?”
Me: “Ya, I just need you to occupy two spaces and it looks like you have your stuff in one space, your truck in one and your trailer too.” (I did not mention the OBVIOUS extension of the awning).
Old Man: “Well do you have someone that needs a parking place?”
Me: “No, I just need to keep folks in the spots they pay for.”
Old Man, descending his trailer like Shrek bothered by Donkey, followed by his 3 year old grandson.
Grandson: (inaudible question and I caught a few words that sounded like “why did I have a trash bag in my hand and what am I looking for?”)
Me to little cute kid: “I’m picking up the little bits of trash I can see.”
Old Man: “So this is what you do now?”
Me: “Yes. I am a Camp Host here. I love it.”
Old Man to his grandson: “See this is what you can do if you don’t go to school.”
Me: staring at him stunned…I say nothing.
Old Man to his grandson: “If you don’t go to school this is what you’ll do, Timmy.”
Me: “OK well let us know if you need anything. I hope you have a great day.”
I thought about that conversation a lot as I walked back to our beautiful home nestled in the middle of giant trees, sun was setting and our pets waited happily for dinner to be served (ALWAYS grateful for everything). I thought about the lack of stress being up here has brought us. The people we have met have been so nice and even better: EXCITED to have found Lake George and a place to spend the night.
Later on the same day I was preparing dinner for Randy and I.
That guy’s comments were intended to make me feel bad and he did get that result. I had to remind myself of the things I am loving so much about this and also that I’m not complying to the egos of other people.
Don’t do anything to satisfy somebody else’s ego!
I saw Old Man approaching our site and gulped then got real busy in the kitchen out of sight.
Randy was helping a few new arrivals get settled and Old Man waited off to the side sort of behind a tree. I thought he left so I went out to help a family that had been waiting to check in. As my foot hit the bottom step I saw him there…shit. Couldn’t turn around now.
He waited until I finished helping that family (and I dragged it out as long as I could hoping he’d give up and go away…but he didn’t).
Me to Old Man, “Hi there again. Can I help you with something?”
Old Man: “Yes I just wanted to apologize for what I said earlier. It didn’t sound right.”
Me: “OK thanks. I appreciate that.”
Old Man: “Yeah, I just didn’t find the right words. I was just trying to prove a point to my grandson.”
Me: “Uh, ok?”
He walked away satisfied at his courage to apologize and my acceptance.
I don’t think it dawned on him that he stuck the OTHER foot into his mouth.
Look: we all make blunders and can (and probably do) offend each other on a regular basis.
I believe this has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that we are all completely (as in 100%) different in every way. No two people could possibly be the same which means no two people could understand what the other feels or thinks.
My solution to this is to try my best to just be positive and see the positive in every situation, no matter how ugly it gets.
This has become easier living up here at 9,000 feet. Maybe it is the lack of oxygen?
Don’t judge people. Try living without needing to have your ego massaged. Try to just be nice and kind because that’s how you would want to be treated.
OH: and for CHRISSAKE don’t freaking pee on the public toilet seats and not clean it up!