I’m back from my hiatus teaching at Mississippi Governor’s School for three weeks. I had even less time to work on this blog than I thought I would, but the process of being there was amazing and life-changing, and is something I plan to write more about soon.
This particular dilemma seemed appropriate in light of just returning from a camp myself:
Joe is a fourteen-year-old boy who wanted to go to camp very much. His father promised him he could go if he saved up the money for it himself. So Joe worked hard at his paper route and saved up the forty dollars it cost to go to camp, and a little more besides. But just before camp was going to start, his father changed his mind. Some of his friends decided to go on a special fishing trip, and Joe’s father was short of the money it would cost. So he told Joe to give him the money he had saved from the paper route. Joe didn’t want to give up going to camp, so he thinks of refusing to give his father the money.
Imagine, further, that this is a camp that’s something like Mississippi Governor’s school, and would have a huge and lasting positive impact on Joe’s life.