I want to share 314 out of focus, fuzzy photos from our day yesterday, but first I have to deal with some crazy stuff that is going on.
I just read an article that said all PE positions in our school system are up for elimination as well as 2 teaching jobs at our elementary. Over the past 5 years, I have learned to entrust my children to these individuals as part of 'the team'. They have been helping me to mold and grow these sweet little beings, and these teachers and staff have become like part of our family. And it saddens me that 3 of them, possibly more, will loose their jobs this year. Not because they suck at their jobs, not because what they teach is stupid, not because they are retiring- it's just to save money and that makes me sad.
But more than that- I am just plain mad. Mad at us as a society! How could our schools have gotten into so much trouble that now we are eliminating necessary staff just to save money and fit the budget. Trust me, I understand budgets, and I'm sure there is no other way- but it just seems so dag gone sad.
And just to throw it in- good thinking eliminating PE. After all, it's not as if childhood obesity is at its highest EVER or anything. Perhaps instead of wasting all that time learning physical activity, they can just hang out in the cafeteria and eat some more processed foods.
And then, last night at girl scouts we got a flier about a "Family Spring Fling" complete with face painting and an 'egg hung'. They apparently chose to eliminate the word Easter from the event this year so that they could promote it in the school and not offend anyone.
I personally see no reason to change something that is obviously something so that someone, somewhere, won't be offended. Here's the news world- brace yourself- I AM A CHRISTIAN. I celebrate Christmas because it is when Jesus was born, and I celebrate Easter because it is when He was crucified and then rose from the dead. I call them Christmas and Easter- and I don't really care if that offends anyone. It is what it is. I can not change that. If you don't choose to celebrate it, I get it. So don't. Don't come to the EASTER EGG HUNT because chances are it has to do with Jesus. And don't come to my CHRISTMAS PARTY because we will be whooping it up for our boy Jesus.
Hey girl scouts- don't mark us down for your Spring Egg Hunt. We won't be there. My son is allergic to eggs, so it 'offends' me to have to hunt them- in the Spring. And it 'offends' me to not call it an Easter Egg Hunt- because it is one no matter what you call it. I shop for easter eggs, easter dresses and I celebrate easter- at a church- a christian church. Go figure.
Here's the thing I really wonder. Are the groups that we jump through hoops to rename stuff for really happier that we are calling it something different? When you change the name from 'Christmas Party' to 'Holiday Party'- do these people really sigh a big breath of relief? Do they not mind a 'holiday tree'? Will folks really come to the 'Spring Egg Hunt' who wouldn't have come to the 'Easter Egg Hunt'? Is a 'friendship correspondence card' not as offensive as a 'valentine'?
I think not. People are smart- surely they see a 6 foot pine tree with garlands, lights and ornaments decorated for 'the holidays' and know that it is really a Christmas tree in disguise. And they probably know that there really isn't a 'spring bunny' either. Just a guess.
I'm a Christian. Sorry if that pisses you off.