So today is a wonderful day in many, many places around the nation, Company. It is a day where millions of people sit down take a minute, and let out a massive sigh of relief. That is because it is the first day of school.
That's right, today is the day that we lock up all the little bastards with their teachers/prison guards so all the parents and child care providers get a little bit of a break. From five days a week down to one. Lots of families will suddenly have more disposable income because they don't have to pay like $200 per week for someone to watch the kiddos while they are at work, and mostly because they can sort of sleep at night once in a while now.
But what about the teachers? I am sure they aren't happy to be stuck with the little bastards either, because they were probably having more fun hanging out all summer but still making money. But, there are a lot of people who are excited to be back to work, like the bus drivers and crossing guards and school nurses.
The thing that I always like about this day, and especially tomorrow once the seniors, etc. go back, is that it is the day when most towns sort of gather themselves and take a breath. Sometimes it can get the feeling that all the air has gone out of a community, but usually it feels more like it has sat down after a long day and had a chance to gather itself and take a deep breath and maybe to collect its thoughts. It is really a nice feeling.
Definitely a nice feeling, especially since there is still a little nice weather for all of us to look forward to, and maybe with a wildcat day we can take advantage of the kids being cooped up and learning about microeconomics or the Battle of Yorktown or the difference between a noun and a verb. Maybe now I can go down to the beach and splash around, or I can wander downtown into the candy store. That's right, it's my turn to be a kid again, because now that all the little bastards that are old enough to be a pain in my ass are back where they belong: begging for hall passes just to have a sip of water and having their cell phones confiscated because they are too fucking stupid to turn them off during class or leave them in their lockers. Just as it should be. Plus, as an added bonus, in my town they have work release programs, where they can still go out and work at a restaurant making me salads and cleaning my dishes. God bless America. And thank goodness for the school year.