County schools opened today. Kids lined up for yellow buses everywhere. It seemed too early–weather was still too hot for school.
Did teachers ask students to write compositions about what they did on summer vacation, to then be read aloud in front of the class? I dreaded every new school year because of this.
Of course, the other elephant in the room, was the eclipse. Compared to drama in other parts of the country, it was a non-event here. The sun went in-and-out of clouds so much, it was hard to tell what was eclipse, and what wasn’t.
What had I done on summer vacation? The question answered with shoulder shrugs and general indifference. There were some things one didn’t ‘fess up to.
The truth was–I went to the creek with my brother. Skipped rocks and committed numerous infractions. Going to the creek was forbidden. Skipped vespers at church camp with a partner-in-crime. Sworn to secrecy. I could have been excommunicated; or something worse if my parents found out.