Since I had the summer off, I decided to start a one-man Summer Camp for Malachy. He dubbed me “Camp Dad,” and he dubbed himself, “Camp Son.” Instead of spending over a grand and putting him in a summer program, I thought to myself, “Wait, I CAN DO THIS!” We would have more flexibility in schedule. We could go on a Family trip and do other fun things together. Malachy LOVED the idea. 😉
His first request was to have a campfire and roasted marshmallows. I don’t know what possessed me to promise him one. As July drew near, he got more and more excited about the idea of a campfire and marshmallows. I started to fret, and thought to myself, “How are we going to do this in the City?” A few days before our Camp was supposed to take off, I actually did a Google Search for Campfire in Manhattan, Camfire in NYC. Guess what? I found one! I found something that said, “Beach Campfire!” It was going to happen on July 2 at Jacob Riis Park, from 7:30pm-9:30pm. I asked Shien and she said, “Sure!” Still, I thought, maybe it was going to be a big fire, and we wouldn’t be able to toast marshmallows. We kept telling Malachy that if it didn’t happen at the beach, we would toast it at home by candlelight.
I called a couple of days in advance just to make sure it was for real. I got the car from Staten Island, and we went after dinner. As usual, I relied too heavily on GPS. It took us through local traffic, and I was so confused because it said it was in Queens online, and we were driving through local traffic in Brooklyn. I thought it was going to take us to the wrong place. Anyways, when we got there, NO CAMPFIRE! I kept figuring it was the July 4th weekend, and that they just decided to cancel it. There were a few people around, and we walked around the beach for a little bit and decided to stay just a short while and then go home… 🙁
I tried calling the number a couple of times that I had called 2 days earlier. No answer. I kept looking far off in the distance, and saw a group of people. I decided I had to check it out to see if that could possibly be it. IT WAS! I couldn’t run back to tell them, because it’s SO HARD to walk fast in the sand. I called PoPo, and told her the great news. Malachy was SO excited! 🙂 He got to have his roasted marshmallows and even a hot dog! There was some even some campfire singing; the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Unbelievable! Another thing I could never have imagined. A campfire in NYC, at the beach! SO COOL! 😉