Kids, welcome to Camp Sarcasm!
“Timmy, Jennifer, it’s August, and you know what that means!”
“Yay! Summer camp, Daddy, summer camp!”
“Exactly! So this year the choices are, let’s see, cartoon camp, cookie camp, Justin Bieber camp, messy room camp…”
“Yes! Yes! Yes! Any of those!
“Oh wait, look at this! Self-Denial Camp! A military camp for civilians! Boy, does this take me back. Why, the log stories I could tell you…”
The above conversation is imaginary, but the facts are real. Welcome to Cheongryong Self-Denial Training Camp, the perfect threat to hold over your kids throughout the school year.
“Uh-oh, kids, finish your scrod, or you know where you’re goin’ to camp THIS summer!”
But here’s what I really love. According to the actual caption below, these students are shouting, “I love mother and father” as they lift the logs.
Oh yeah? Is that right? Have you ever heard of sarcasm?
Students shout “I love mother and father” in Korean as they lift logs during a two-week summer military camp for civilians at the Cheongryong Self-denial Training Camp in Ansan, southwest of Seoul, August 3, 2010. The camp, ranging from three to fourteen days, is conducted for civilians by retired Korean Marines. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak