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Old-Fashioned Lady

The B. C.

My friend is a rather old-fashioned lady.  She is always quite delicate and elegant, especially in language.  She and her husband were planning a week's vacation in Florida so she wrote to a particular campground and asked for a reservation.

She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped but didn't quite know how to ask about the toilet facilities.  She just couldn't bring herself to write down the word "toilet" in her letter.  After much deliberation she finally came up with the old-fashioned term "bathroom commode."  But then she wrote that down and she still thought that it was too forward.  So she started all over again.  She rewrote the entire letter and referred to the "bathroom commode" merely as the "B. C."  "Does the campground have its own B. C.?" is what she actually wrote.

Well, the campground director wasn't old-fashioned at all, and when he got the letter, he just couldn't figure out what the woman was talking about.  That "B. C." business really stumped him.  After worrying about it for a while he showed the letter to several campers but they couldn't imagine what it meant either.  So the campground owner finally came to the conclusion that the lady must be asking about the location of the local Baptist Church.  He sat down and wrote the following reply:

Dear Madam:

I regret very much the delay in answering your letter, but I now take the pleasure of informing you that a B. C. is located 9 miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250 people at a time.  It is located in a beautiful pine grove and is open only on Sundays and Wednesdays.  I admit it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly, but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great many people take their lunches along and make a day of it.  They usually arrive early and stay late.  My daughter met her husband in the B. C.

The last time my wife and I went was 6 years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there.  Sometimes it is so crowded there are 5 to a seat.  It may interest you to know that right now there is a supper planned to raise money for more seats.  They're going to hold it in the basement of the B. C.

I would like to say it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it's surely not due to lack of desire on my part.  As we grow older it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in the cold weather.  If you come down I will go with you the first time you go.  I will get you a seat up front where you can be seen by everyone.

Sincerely Yours,

The Campground Director