School’s Almost Out

Quote of the Day:

Why don’t you say something righteous, and hopeful, for a change?” –Oddball

It’s a strange thing. TB hasn’t been in school for almost fifteen years. The Little Scamp won’t start for a few months more. It shouldn’t matter. But it’s in my DNA I guess. School’s out in these parts in about three weeks. Just knowing that somehow makes me happy.

Maybe its because there’s a whole lot of unhappiness shaking up our collective karma these days. In no particular order, we’ve got the oil spill, deadly tornadoes, a world economy still on the (Dear Lord, Please forgive this terrible news junkie pun of which I am about to commit. Amen.) hedge of the cliff, and Rentboy, among others, and when you mix it all together its a foul soup. It can be difficult these days to maintain a positive mental attitude. Something good needs to happen to get those positive waves flowing again.

And so I look to the children. I believe they are our future, by the way. If they are anything like young TB was, the approach of summer vacation will unleash a powerful force of optimism upon a world that needs it. I’m not sure what kids are into for fun these days. But I bet being out of school allows them a lot more time to do it. There are some things, I am confident, that never change.

And if any of you old-timers can recall how sweet it was back in the good ol’ waning school year days when history class meant watching “The Blue and the Gray” all week; when visions of nine o’clock neighborhood spotlight filled your forecast; when the glory of donning your town’s colors under a blistering summer sun dominated your daydreams; when the great summer holiday and midway point of July 4 was too far away to even contemplate; when days filled with crawdad catchin’, golfball huntin’ and whiffle ball tournaments were near enough to plan; when the numbers to your locker combination could be once and for all forgotten (though unbeknownst to you at the time you’d wish one day in your recurrent nightmares they weren’t); when your base burn was in place and your tan was settling in; when boredom and rainy days seemed impossible; when your shoes could be set aside for the duration; when you could envision precisely where to cut out those new paths in your woods; well, if you can recall these things and a hundred other feelings just like them, maybe it’ll help the kids build that wave of positive energy, and maybe that wave will help us get past these hard times that are upon us. Hell, it can’t hurt.


Me and Oddball hate them negative waves….

And I gotta add the song….this’ll make you smile, at least do a little chair dancin’….go on admit it.

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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6 Responses to School’s Almost Out

  1. coachteajay says:

    Oh Baen, not a kid…but my anticipation of summer could rival a 15 year old virgins first attempt at “stickin it in” . This is the part of the year that makes it it all worth while.

  2. Jessie Lou says:

    Could there be a more accurate description TJ? That cracks me up! Happy Late Bday by the way.

    I usually have a high anticipation for Memorial Day Weekend and the plans for island camping; however, this year may be a little different which will only help me to appreciate it more when I do get there. Besides there is always my aunt’s pool and cold beer and brownies which is not a bad solid second in my book. I wouldn’t mind going back to the days of playing baseball in the Grant’s front yard and riding my bike to yacht club to swim. Those were the days and we just didn’t know it.

  3. Kathy Parker says:

    I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one that has the horrible recurring dream about not remembering my school locker combination- very stressful!

  4. kathy parker says:

    Me too, Ben- and then the nightmare proceeds to the worst possible scenario……some sort of math test when I’ve never been to the class!

  5. tkh says:

    I still love the approaching summer as it is the time I usually do most of my vacationing and the boat get more use, but these days the best part of summer is my commute to work is cut almost in half.

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