The thick wall of tall corn as we drive out of our lane reminds us that summer is nearly over. That is ok and as it should be. But I am having trouble reconciling my mind to the realization that the grandkids are already back in school. Hey, I don’t think it is time yet. Couldn’t we have a little more freedom before the fall schedule begins?
When our nephew and wife were here earlier in the summer, they told us their
school does not start until after
Labor Day. That is what I call a proper
starting time. But they (both teachers) admitted
they don’t like getting out so late in June. Since it has been many years since
the school bus stops at our house, I know my opinion is not important nor should it be. Wyoming
I suspect that eventually school may be all year long. And when that time comes, it probably will be what people think best. Even now in many families with two working parents, kids might profit and be safer with year-round school. Not all kids live in the country where they can make mud pies or go down to the creek and swing on grapevines.
Our grandchildren and everyone I know seem to pack so much activity into summer that I am not sure anyone enjoys lazy hazy days of summer with nothing to do anymore. I always loved having the kids home in the summertime, and I thought their getting bored was sometimes a very positive thing. That is when they had to figure out what to do with their boredom and creativity was sparked. (They were not supposed to tell me when they were bored, but, of course, they did. And I would usually scold something to the effect that only boring people are bored.) But now kids’ schedules are so crammed that I am not certain they have the privilege of being bored. But maybe it is better that way.
All the camps, theater activities, 4-H and Scout projects, athletic participation, plus summer assignments in advanced placement classes keep many youth engaged with learning activities all summer, but these at least are fun and different than sitting in the classroom. Unfortunately, many families cannot afford the extra expense of these pleasant forms of education. It takes gas and someone to take a child to meetings and sports events. It takes money for sport or dance shoes and sometimes for costumes or ball bats. That is why is it so important that working parents make wages that pay for more than just food, rent, and utility bills.
I started out to just gripe about my grandkids already being back in school. I did not mean to meander into my desire for minimum wages to be raised, so the public could pay less taxes to provide food stamps and noon meals for kids of working parents. I’d like to see the corporations pay fair wages, so the public did not have to pay for the corporations’ employees health care. I’ve read reports of good results in states that have raised minimum wage. So whether I intended to end up blogging about this or not, my thoughts have ended up here. I really was just wanting to say summer is drawing to a close and we need to enjoy it all we can. But if you can afford next summer to buy some kid a pair of sports shoes or pay the fee for his or her participation on the swim team when his parents can’t, that’s a good use of money.