This Is Not Normal3

Posted by Deirdre // 03-11-2013


Carmelo The Science Fellow is great and all but he is not Jack White, or Bon Iver or Jay Z or insert your I-would-do-anything-to-see-this-person-perform artist here. Yet people with presumably good educations and responsible lives and other commonalities with many on this blog because they live in Brooklyn and are parents (some of you may even be these people!), are waiting in line at 4 am to get their children into Carmelo’s camp (at $445 a week, no less). What the hell have we become?

Waiting for limited edition Nikes? No, science camp. via NY Times

Waiting for limited edition Nikes? No, science camp.

The answer is, there are too many kids, according to this piece in the NY Times. I myself signed my kids up for a ridiculously expensive camp that they’re not even particularly psyched about (my 5 year old will probably have a total freak out every morning he has to go, actually) because it fills up so fast. The camp he did last year was already full when I tried to sign him up two weeks ago. In February.

Just this morning a colleague told me about spending a summer in Hillsdale, NY when they were getting some work done on her apartment. She sent her kid to a Y camp that cost $12 a day, which her daughter loved. And you can bet there was no wait list.

We know many things we do to live in the city are nuts. And we should be happy we don’t have to line up in the wee hours to get a spot in our local public school like they do in Manhattan (yet). But seriously, folks. We all talk about how great the programs are that we have access to for our kids – and they are! – but at what cost? Might be my mood today but somehow it just doesn’t seem worth it. Does it?



3 Responses

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  2. Foo says:
    March 11th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Having rented for the last 11 years and now hoping to buy in Brooklyn (hahaha wish me luck) I wonder why o why are we doing this to ourselves? We are truly mad. My 10 yr old was bitching about the uber chic camp we signed him up for this am and I want to scream after paying through the nose for it. This ‘urban’ experience is presenting a world that exists nowhere but here (& only in little pockets of the boro byw). It is unreal and will set many up for disappointment. Farmland in VT anyone?

    • Deirdre says:
      March 11th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      I’m with you, Foo. Though maybe it exists in LA too, but we all know that’s not the real world.