Rainy Days

(From May)

We had some rainy days this week.  I’m sure that all the students still in school at this time of year found it a lot easier to be there with the outdoor alternative being so moist.  As someone who spent a lot of my school years looking out the window, I can attest to the torture of being in school on beautiful May days.

School will be out soon, and with it will come a summer of freedom for a lot of kids.  For some there will be summer school or various types of camps or summer programs to enrich minds, strengthen bodies, and in some cases, take care of child care normally provided during the school year.

When I was a lad, things were somewhat different. 

Summer school was not optional for me, as my time spent looking out the window during the school year seems to have deterred my learning ability.  Summer school allowed me to get caught up.  I didn’t mind it, though.  It was only in the morning, and didn’t start as early as regular school.  And, for some reason, instead of milk in the morning we got orange drink produced at the dairy that sent milk during the school year.  It was the best orange drink ever.

Other than the few weeks of summer school, and family vacations, my time was my own.  I filled it with baseball, bike riding, and television, mostly.  As I got older I expanded into the area of trying to be where girls were, in the event that one would take an interest in me.  Inter-gender socializing was not my strong suit.

I had some jobs to do around the house, but I didn’t get “a job” until the summer of my senior year.  I probably missed out on having a stronger work ethic because of that, but I also had more time to just be a kid.  Since we end up working for most of our lives, that time off was a good thing.

I think about summers from those days when the weather turns warmer.  Certain smells and sights trigger strong memories of that time.  Mowed grass, fresh tar, and the rich green of the summer leaves.

Things have changed.  For safety sake, children have less freedom to get on their bikes and go.  Baseball is mostly a supervised activity.  Oh, and then there are video games.  Enough said.

I hope the students in school now make it safely to the end of the term, and have the chance to enjoy some freedom this summer.  It will help get them through a lot of rainy days as the years go by.


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