Today I received a sales call from Hilton Hotels. It was a promo for Las Vegas or Orlando.
sales person: Well, Mrs. Brownhead, what destination is more interesting to you? Las Vegas or sunny Orlando? (think that FL is worried about tourism dropping with the BP spill?)
me: Ah, neither of them.
sales person: Is it the destination?
me: No. Packages like this generally don't cover a family my size. (Knowing full well most packages cover a family of 4.)
sales person: Well, how big is your family?
me: We are a family of 8, 6 children 14-2 years old.
sales person: Let me check on that.
sales person: Yes. You are right this package wouldn't cover your whole family. Why don't you leave some of them at home?
me: Excuse me?
sales person: Well, I have 4 kids and we would leave some of the kids at home with a sitter.
How would you like to be a kid in her family that got left home on a family vacation? I really wanted to ask her how many of her kids needed therapy.
Being left at home on a family vacation?
Sure, #3, you stay at home. We are going to Disney Land. See you in a week.
Do you know how injured any of my children would be??
How do you do a family scrapbook? Oh! That was our trip to Disney! oh, wait, where are the two middle kids?
and people wonder why this society has little family unity.