We live in an affluent area. Many of our neighbors have weekend houses in Tahoe kind of affluent. The school district has been fairly relaxed about things like pulling your child from school for trips abroad or having class parties at people’s houses with pools. I am in charge of my fourth grader’s end of year party. The teacher told me explicitly that he does not like to go off campus because it creates a number of bureaucratic nightmares. So we are not going off campus. Why would I want to do something that runs counter to his wishes? But last year’s class went to a racquet club for a pool party. And many of the classes go to pool parties.
What the hell is that all about? What is so wrong with having a party on campus? This off campus party thing was never an option when we lived in TX. And the parties have to be bigger and better every year. One parent, when she heard today about my idea to have a mini field on campus for the party, said “the kids will HATE that! Don’t we have money? They deserve a great party!” The entitlement is sickening. Where does that come from? It’s all about definitions. “Great party” now means “upscale” and “splurging.” It all fits into this culture of coddling we have. Graduation ceremonies for kindergartners, fifth graders, seventh graders, and everything in between. We have lost all perspective on what is actually an accomplishment and what is just progressing through life.
What’s happening in Oklahoma is awful. Tragic. Historic. I don’t even have proper words to language it. And that’s saying a lot. I have family living 10 miles from Moore. They have been posting status updates to let us know how they are doing. Others are posting their prayers and gratitude to god for sparing their relatives from harm. Huh? I don’t understand that at all. Why would a god spare some people but wipe out innocent children at a school? If this god is omnipotent, why would s/he send tornadoes in the first place?
Prayer can do many things. It has a strong placebo affect. But can it protect someone in the destructive path of a weather pattern? No. It can’t. And I wish people would stop pretending it could.
seriously considering filling my pockets with glitter and whenever someone near me says something really stupid or rude i’ll just reach into my pocket with a dead expression and release the glitter into the sky above their head and watch it shower over them like a baptism of stupid
Can we make this a thing?