by Fr Duncan McVicar on 21/02/2011 -
There was a nice lady, a minister’s widow, who was a little old fashioned. She was planning a week’s vacation in California at Skylake Yosemite campground, but she wanted to make sure of the accommodation first. Uppermost in her mind were bathroom facilities, but she couldn’t bring herself to write “toilet” in a letter. After considerable deliberation, she settled on “water closet,” but when she wrote that down, it still sounded too forward, so, after the first page of her letter, she referred to toilet as “WC” “Does the cabin where I will be staying have its own ‘WC’? If not, where is the ‘WC’ located?” is what she actually wrote. The secretary of the accommodation knew that the lady was the widow of a famous Methodist minister, and was sure that it must be a question about the local Wesleyian Chapel. “Of course,” she exclaimed, “‘WC’ stands for Wesleyian Chapel.’ ” And he sat down and wrote:
I regret very much the delay in answering your letter, but I now take the pleasure in informing you that the WC is located nine miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250 people at one time. 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 number of people take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive early and stay late. The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that right now there is a supper planned to raise money to buy more seats. They are going to hold it in the basement of the ‘WC.’ I would like to say that it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it is surely no lack of desire on my part. As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in cold weather. If you decide to come down to our campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time, sit with you, and introduce you to all the folks. Remember, this is a friendly community.