Monday, August 7, 2017

Why I'm Happy School is Starting Again

Ah, back-to-school time.  That season of the year when store shelves are brimming with shiny new pens, markers, notebooks, and lunch boxes, and clothing racks are stuffed with fashions for going back to school.  Parents groan because of the expense of equipping the kids with everything required for the new school year--but those shoes fit in May!  Kids groan because their summer is too short, and the reminders start in July with back-to-school sales--can't they at least wait until August?  Teachers groan because their summer is too short--wait, I need more time off!

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The rest of the world--civilians as I used to call them--gives a sigh of relief that life will finally settle into a familiar routine of the kids being off the streets, out of the shopping centers, and in the schools for at least eight hours a day.  Sorry, teachers, I feel your pain.  After all, I was one for 30 years myself.

That is the number one reason I'm happy that school is starting. . .

1.  I'm retired!  I don't have to worry about endless staff development meetings when I would rather be in my classroom preparing for the first day of school.  I don't have to spend money buying extra school supplies for the students in my classes who won't have them.  I don't have to wonder when I'll find the time to prepare my lessons, grade papers, schedule meetings, call parents, and worry about ARDs, LEPs, IEPs, STARR, ADA, AEIS, RTI, TEKS, TELPAS, STEM, BS, and CRAZY!

2.  Fall is around the corner.  Sayonara, summer, with your 100-degree temperatures (I shouldn't complain--we've only had one day of those so far this year!). . .bring on those dead leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, boots, and sweaters!

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3.  I can go to the store during the day and every aisle won’t be filled with parents and children getting in the way. . .IF I go before 3:00 p.m.

4.  I won’t have to compete for doctor and dental appointments with teachers and students.  I’ll be able to get an appointment for whenever I need it. . .maybe.

5.  Those school facilities I pay enormous taxes on will again be in use.  (How many times did I hear this when I was teaching?  Ugh.)

6.  Tax-free weekend happens in August (at least here in Texas), and you don’t have to be a teacher or student to buy clothes or supplies minus the sales tax.  But it’s crowded!

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7.   Back-to-school shopping means a sneak peak at the new fall fashions. 

8.  After the back-to-school season comes Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, the good, better, and best parts of the whole year.

Those are the reasons I am glad school is starting back up again.  I’ve always been happy to see school start, ever since I was old enough to start getting new clothes and school supplies.   I guess I have teaching in my blood.

What about you?  Is back-to-school a good thing for you?

Saturday, July 29, 2017

JFK and Me (or My Jackie Problem)

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No, I didn’t know President John F. Kennedy, but I would have liked to.  Unfortunately, I was only four years old when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.  I do remember going to the memorial service held at Van High School auditorium just afterwards.  When I developed a keen interest in President Kennedy, my mother gave me the original program from the memorial service, and I still have it.  (I tried really hard to locate it to take a photo for this post, but, alas.  If I do find it I'll be sure to post a pic with a link to this post.  Gone are the days when I used to know where everything was.)  

I believe we were still living in the house by the football field, but we may have moved into the James house near the park.  (More on that later.)

Maybe it was the impression left on me by having to attend that memorial service that caused me to become a lifelong aficionado of the Kennedy family.  From my freshman year in high school when I started checking out every book the library had about them, to buying magazines chronicling the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, to buying every book I could get my hands on, I have learned everything I could about them.

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My daughter says I’m obsessed.  Maybe.  But was there ever an American woman so idolized, so full of grace and mystery and style as Jackie?  I still love reading about her, even though I have far different political views than she held.  I won’t admit to how many books I have about her, but I cannot bring myself to part with any of them.  It’s history, after all.  After I’m gone, my kids can try to sell them on eBay or in a garage sale, or just give them away to a thrift store.  Surely there’s someone out there who is as interested as I am in the Kennedys. 

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Uh oh.  I think I just read about a new book coming out about Jackie. . .and I hope hubby doesn't see the receipts for the books I just bought on eBay.   They were cheap!  Under eight bucks for two!  How could I resist?

What about you?  "Obsess much?"  (Ace Ventura)   What about?