Backyard Camping

Camping in a Tent Under the Stars and Milky Way GalaxyWhen I was a kid, my parents never sent me to summer camp, but they did allow me to set up a large tent behind our house on weekends. They would let me invite a few friends over to spend the night under the stars in our backyard.

Each kid would bring over snacks, like Oreos, potato chips, or candy, although George, who was a vegetarian, always brought homemade spinach chips that his mother made. Truth be told, they weren’t as bad as one might think spinach chips would be.

Speaking about being under the stars, one of my friends, Andy, would claim, as we looked up at the night sky, that God had placed all the heavenly bodies in the night sky and that they all orbit the Earth. I thought what Andy said was a demonstration of his credulity with respect to religion and the Bible.

I told my father about what Andy was saying. My father explained that the universe is vast, is expanding, and is not delimited. He also pointed out that the stars and planets do not, in fact, orbit the Earth. And then he gave me a book, an astral guide, so that I could point out all of the planets and stars to my friends.

Apparently Andy told his parents that I had a book that contradicted the Bible and that I was telling everyone that God did not put the planets and stars in the sky. Andy’s parents then decided that he could no longer join me and my friends on our weekend backyard camp outs. I guess they thought my family and I were “confusing” him.

Andy is now a Republican member of Congress.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (camp, house), Daily Addictions (spinach), The Daily Spur (mother), Nova’s Daily Random Word (credulity), Your Daily Word Prompt, (delimited), Word of the Day Challenge (book), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (astral).

20 thoughts on “Backyard Camping

  1. Paula Light July 29, 2019 / 7:01 pm

    I don’t believe that the spinach chips weren’t yucky. Memory is a tricky thing!

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  2. Beutiflee July 29, 2019 / 7:21 pm

    How could one family destroy a persons belief in God? Andy’s parents thought other people’s opinion differing from their religious belief could override Jesus and the Bible.
    I don’t believe they understand God as much as they think they do. Maybe they need to go back to bible 101 where God is the truth. Jesus faces different views but He never stop believing or carrying out his mission.
    The last part well I find the government is falling into pits no matter what party they belong too.

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  3. Tatiana July 29, 2019 / 7:33 pm

    Ha, ha… Republican, huh! My husband is a vegan, but we are not involved in politics. We only like watching CNN by curiosity, while having some vegan snacks with our beer. No, I don’t think it’s that dangerous to eat spinach chips 😉

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      • Tatiana July 29, 2019 / 8:12 pm

        Oh, I may need to clarify my reply. The current leader forces us to accept the idea of “If you are not with us, you are against us”. Do the supporters of this leader understand and recognize this Nazi slogan? Is this what they want? Don’t you think we – the humanity had enough of this?

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    • Tatiana July 29, 2019 / 8:20 pm

      Oh, I may need to clarify my reply. The current leader forces us to accept the idea of “If you are not with us, you are against us”. Do the supporters of this leader understand and recognize this Nazi slogan? Is this what they want? Don’t you think we – the humanity had enough of this?

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      • Fandango July 29, 2019 / 9:39 pm

        His supporters are lemmings who just blindly follow him and are too ignorant to understand what he’s doing to their country.

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  4. Tien Skye July 29, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    Haha, that last line sums up everything that is happening in our world now. LOL

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  5. Marleen July 29, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    Is an old friend of yours, Andy, really in Congress? Poor little Andy, missing out on backyard camping. When my children had atheist friends (or friends with atheist parents, and — yes — the children saw themselves as atheists too), I didn’t find this to be a problem. The only thing I found odd was once, when I mentioned gulags [in passing, not in deep discussion]. An atheist mom (a friend of mine) didn’t know what a gulag was. I thought everybody who seemed intelligent easily knew what a gulag was. (I remember her husband observing, as we all sat on bleachers for a youth baseball game, how I responded to her query, “What’s a gulag?” He seemed to be glad I didn’t respond in her style — which would’ve been full bore — but that I rather answered factually yet innocuously.) This isn’t to say I never stopped a son from spending time with someone. But that someone’s family weren’t atheists.

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      • Marleen July 31, 2019 / 12:30 am

        It (your whole story) was believable. It takes all kinds, it seems. What I shared was something that did happen. We drifted away from that family as, sustainedly, it became more and more apparent they had a deep-seated American racism; that’s just incompatible to my psyche.

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