It's that time of year again when some parents cry and others jump for joy.
The end of summer brings mixed emotions. For the parents who loved spending summer at home with their children, they are sorry to see them go back to school. Some of the more forward-planning parents sync their vacation time to travel with their offspring. For others, they may not have had all the time they wanted, but just knowing where the children were was a big relief.
But it's the parents who can't wait to get their children out of the house and back into the school setting who always amaze me. It's not so much that they've had enough of the children eating the house down. Nor is it that they got tired because the children were always playing and wanted to go somewhere every night.
No, I'm talking about parents who seem to can't stand the sight of their own children. They wouldn't mind if school was held 365 days a year. It's like, as soon as the school year ends, a scowl appears on their faces. Having school every day is not possible, so they do the next best thing - summer school/extra classes. How much these classes will help to improve the grades is irrelevant. Quite frankly, the only thing it will help to do is fry their young synapses. The parents just want them out.
I've always wondered why people bothered having children if they didn't want them around all the time. Nobody put guns to your heads and said: "Breed!" They act like they're doing the children a favour by bringing them into the world. From what we've learned of the womb, it's better if the little one stays in there rather than comes out.
The parents I've grown up around don't let their children out of their sight. They look forward to summer, Christmas and Easter breaks. They see having children as a privilege, no matter what the time of year, whether they are graduating with 12 CSEC distinctions or waiting with them in the doctor's office when they've got a runny nose. Parents who decide to homeschool their children? Well they take it to another level. But that's another matter.
Have to throw this in. Route taxis, JUTC announced increased prices. So, as if the working class didn't have enough problems, here come more. It seems like Jamaicans are going to have to turn from sprinting to long-distance running and walking, because that looks like the cheapest way we will be getting around.
Let's not get too pessimistic about this now. Some of us need more exercise and the less vehicles on the road the better for the environment. And if you're only going short distances, you can still get your sprint work in. If all else fails, there's always the bicycle. And, honestly, that's good exercise too.
Just walk with a change of clothes because all that exercise will cause you to work up a sweat.
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