The office is deserted. There is little or no activity. Have I missed something? Is there some impending disaster looming? Have I missed a memo?
No, believe it or not, in Coweta County Georgia, the 2008 school term starts on Wednesday, August 6. Hard to believe, isn't it?
Summer vacation has changed since I was a student. We used to finish sometime in mid June and usually did not return until after Labor Day, with not many days off in between. Today's modern calendar allows for more flexibility, with long winter and spring breaks.
I'm not sure that I prefer the new way of doing things. Summer vacation as a kid was the greatest time in my life. Long lazy days, with nothing to do other than a perform a few minor chores and go to church on Sundays.
It was days of looking for "pop" bottles to take to the penny candy store to exchange for wondrous treats of every flavor and description. It was popsicles and Tootsie Rolls and licorice of every shape and color.
It was hour after hour listening to a "transistor radio," waiting for the latest hit from "The Beatles," "Herman's Hermits'" or "The Dave Clark Five." But with all good things, they must eventually come to an end.
It was day after day of creating our our fun, making treehouses, playing baseball, basketball, kickball, kick the can, kings in a corner ... anything we wanted to do for what seemed like forever!
There was no fear greater than the approach of the first day of school. Not the impending nuclear crisis in Cuba, not the last reaming strands of poliomyelitis, or the political turmoil in Washington.
We had nothing to fear but school itself!
Richard Weisser, Broker, Associate Broker, Auctioneer, E-Pro, CE Instructor
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