Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Back to School 2013...

As to avoid confusion with the title...I am not going back to school!  I am just relaying some thoughts as we begin another school year here in Western Oklahoma.

I realize that public school in 2013 is hundreds of times different than how school was back when I was a youngun all those years ago.  The worst that you could get in trouble for "back in my day" was oh say, not bringing enough gum for the rest of the class and having to spit your gum front of everybody, or not stop talking when the teacher was talking.  Nowadays, I don't even want to go that route...

Back when I was a youngun, school lunches were still nutritious (I know, that can be up for debate), but you didn't have a major league worry on who's allergic to what and what you can or can't fix...unlike today where if you don't have this much of fruits and veggies and this much of this item and watch the fat content, you could face heavy penalties.  And for the most part, you didn't have to worry about kids getting big because we usually ran it off on the playground anyway.

One thing that I know will stand the test of time is kids picking on other kids for what they don't wear, what their social status is and so on...I've mentioned it a few times in my blog entries so you know that this is a problem that is not going to automatically go on the back burner.  You only need to turn on the news or walk the halls to find out what I mean.  Actually, now you can't walk the halls without checking in to the office and stating what your intent is -- guess that's always been the case, but after all the school shootings it's emphasized even more.

But anyway, all that to say the kids starting back this week:  your teachers may not be "with it", but they are doing the best they can to make sure you have a great education so you can turn around and apply that to the next generation of littleuns. (yes, I realized that's not good grammar...I'm not writing this for a grade) Show respect to your teachers and to your fellow students.  Trust me, you'll have good friendships that last long after the final note of "Pomp and Circumstance" is played at your HS graduation.

Also...I know this is considered "taboo" but I'm going to say it anyway. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don't lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5,6)

Everyone have a great year...and GO REDS!!!!