Let me let you in on a secret. I have a passion. Yes, it is true. I have a passion, and not just any old passion. My passion is for church magazines. It is a passion borne out of fascination, and a love of communication, and a desire for good design with plenty white space, and probably a desire for mission too. Good church magazines are a joy to find and get me terribly excited. Bad magazines make me very, very sad.
My congregation know of my love for church magazines so whenever they are on holiday they bring me some back. I have noticed over the years that our American sisters and brothers go for things in a big, big way. Blimey! Even their pew sheets run to several colour A4 sheets with music.
My eye was caught by an insert in one such recent magazine from the USA. It was an A4 page advertising ‘American Girl Camp’ and there was a pretty colour picture of two dolls dressed in Victorian dresses. The theme of the camp this year is ‘Building Character Through History’. So far, so good-ish. It continues ‘for girls from 1st grade through 5th grade’. And then …. *shudders*… ‘Daily sessions include history, reading, writing, crafts and sewing, music, cooking, and games. All of these activities reflect periods of American History. The class will participate in a Mother-Daughter tea party on the last day…’
By now my feminist un-shaved hairs are bristling. Bristling, dear sisters and brothers, with the thought of the horror which is American Girl Camp. Sewing and cooking? Presumably they’ve to take their own apron. Aagghh. And what about poor old Dad? Let’s hope there are no single dads out there being excluded from the old tea party. What is it about America that this happens? I mean, it would never ever happen here, right?