Saturday, August 15, 2009
What on Earth are they thinking?
This summer has been one of the best ever! We are almost done making the banner for the Not Back to School Banner, too. I think it is very fitting. I was reading our local magazine about back to school. It really makes me so sad to see how stressed out people get this time of year. And all the things they say will stop when kids go back to school: the playgrounds will be empty, streets will be silent all day, and the swingsets will be still. But they don't mention how school yards will be noisy again. And that is true, too. They are only outside for 20 minutes a day. And most schools DO NOT have P.E. everyday. And people don't understand why they have to medicate boys to sit still A.L.L. D.A.Y. And then when they get home they have to sit still for homework and then go to bed to do it all over again? All in the name of education? Come on people! Wake up. You can hate me all you want (if you are a teacher), but I can see why so many kids today are depressed, unhappy, and grow up uncertain about the future. Every little moment of their lives are scheduled and they have no control or say.
I can tell you that it matters. I am proud to say both of my guys are independent thinkers, original, happy, intelligent, and marching to the beat of their own drum. They are also caring. But they also know when people are miserable. Holden has a friend that is unhappy. But he is getting to the point that he is not wanting to be with this friend. He is choosing to be with people who are happy and that don't bring him down. He wants to be around more free and alive people. It is a hard thing to find in our neighborhood. Camden is the happiest spirit we have ever met. He is confident, caring, outspoken, articulate, and funny. But by mainstream standards he'd be rude, animalistic, obscene, loud and dumb. He's four though. I remember when Holden was four, he was much the same. And now he is calmer and really cool still.
So life goes on and we are keeping our chins up. We love our kids. We model a very messy and interesting life. We get annoyed and frustrated too. But we just apologize and move on. It's all part of the journey. We know what we're thinking. We just wish other people felt the strength to go against everything they believe and were taught. It's been so worth it for our family. We see a lot of amazing possibilities. Not just years and years of the same old crap.
When Cliff finishes college (again) who knows what will happen or where we'll be. It will be interesting to see.
Peace to all and much inner strength and stamina for all those who are heading back to the grind. And much strength to those breaking free from those shackles. You know who you are.