Photo by Les Stukenberg.
Originally Published: August 28, 2017 5:59 a.m.
Wake up and watch the crosswalks! Yes, school has started again and parents everywhere are rejoicing. The boredom has ended, to only be replaced by the hectic schedules, homework and never-ending list of school supplies to buy. Kids are trying to get back in the groove, only to be faced with the reality that they have to get up early and suddenly become organized.
We may still be in the clutches of summer, but vacations have officially come to a screeching halt. Those little yellow school buses are making frequent stops, school zone crosswalks are filled with giggling kids, so it’s time to drive slow and enjoy the scenery. Parents everywhere can be seen taking a collective sigh of relief, kids are happy to show off their new clothes, and teachers brace themselves for another busy year. School bells are ringing.
For many children, this is the time of heartbreaks, triumphs and pinkeye. Some kids make the team and life is good, holding promise for better things to come. Other kids have tried and face the rejection of not being on “the list,” that is taped on the coach’s door letting the world know who made the cut and who didn’t. Children will have to deal with the coughs, sneezes, colds, flu and possible pinkeye infection. Yes, it’s not all fun and games ... school can be tough.
My friend’s teenage daughter woke up the first day of school and screamed when she looked in the mirror. Somehow, in the middle of the night, several evil pimples sprouted, causing a whole lot of drama and a near refusal to attend the first day of high school. Yes, going to school isn’t without quite a few trials and tribulations. It takes considerable courage to get up, walk into a new school with a stuffed backpack and all the time feeling miserably self-conscious.
Teachers ought to be our heroes. Every day they strive to give our children a spark of interest that will make them actually want to embrace the formulas of algebra, or to find happiness in the pages of a book. Teachers know that in the masses of children they inspire each day, might be standing the next great inventor, future president, and scientist who will help save the planet. Know a teacher? Hug them now and avoid the line.
Know a parent with school-age children? Give them an extra nod of approval because they need all the help they can get!
Dear Readers, drive slowly around those school zones and be careful. School bells are ringing.
Want to see into the future? You can! Just pause and take a look at those kids in the crosswalks.
Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local Realtor. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.