I recently made a very important decision. I made the choice to break the routine of the last two summers and opt out of working on TECS summer Camp. Looking back, this decision was taken rather hastily. I wonder if I it’s the right choice. A couple of weeks ago I received an e mail from the summer camp manager inviting me back as a teacher and offering me to apply for a management roll.
The first and all consuming thought was….The world cup! Bollocks. Bugger. I had some thinking to do. Does TECS stand a chance against Wayne Roooney , the world cup trophy and a bit of good old Oldham style hooliganism? About 3 years ago nothing would have stood a chance against the World cup or the European cup for that matter. The good old days of Annie and I down the Lonnie pub in Jesmond waiting for them to open to get the bet seat next to the big screen. That was uni. This is real life.
I told myself that I am now a little bit more mature and football is no longer what I live and breathe. Summer Camp has played such an important role in my personal development, my teaching skills not to mention my lovelife- TECS being the place I met Steve two summers ago. However, football is football and no matter how many years pass I don’t think I will ever lose my tomboyish personality and love for football. Don’t get me wrong, I am nowhere near as dedicated to my beloved Oldham Athletic as I used to be but the prospect of a summer world cup fest in England makes me tingle with excitement. No job, just football, food and probably copious amounts of beer. Especially If the sun comes out- it’s an offer not many Englishmen would be a able to refuse. I feel the need for a list!
Reasons for camp:
I love Summer Camp. (sad but true)
Seeing friends, especially Inge and Leigh
More teaching experience. (I’m missing it a little)
Money. (This probably should come further up on the list)
Singing cheesy camp songs like merrigaday, crocodile and na na na na na na na na na na na Jesus!! (again, sad but true)
Reasons for World cup:
England might actually win this time. (I would never forgive myself if they won and I was in Spain)
Being in England for summer.(much better for my sensitive complexion)
Pubs and beer.
No camp food.
Rooooooooooney! (You can’t beat singing football chants. Even in the pub!)
The togetherness of the English popultion and the buzz in the streets.
Summer camp 6 – 7 World cup. This is not to say that the world cup wins solely on points. I think the world cup has to beat summer camp mainly because England have a great chance under a manager that seems to know exactly what he’s doing and I would be unimaginably gutted not to be there if we won. Also Summer camp isn’t going anywhere and although I will miss it there’s always next year. You can’t really apply this to the world cup: There’s always the next one in another 4 years doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. It’s too long to wait.
I know I mentioned that my decision had been made already not to work a summer camp but something was niggling at me. I wasn’t sure that I had thought it through properly. I just got excited thinking about arriving back in the UK after a long period away with an approaching world cup finals.
After my rambling, I feel much better about my decision but I guess I won’t really know if it was the right one until the summer comes.
Come on England!!!