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Points between

It's been a long time since I missed the summer vacations we had in school.

Something about this summer was different. There were several different occasions when I caught myself longing to have a few months away from it all. (Don't get me wrong, I'm still having a ball publishing one of the best community newspapers in Georgia, but a summer vacation is a summer vacation.)

Maybe it was the seemingly endless stream of golf cars fi lled with youngsters heading to swim or to the golf course. Maybe it was spending a few months trying to figure out what we could put in the place of school news in the paper. Or maybe I'm just whiny.

(As a side note, I'm beginning to notice that I've become quite the bitter 30-year-old curmudgeon during the last few months, thinking things like, "Kids going swimming and playing golf. Hmmphf! They need to be out working, cutting grass, learning responsibility."

Of course, I played golf and swam a lot when I was their age. But that is beside the point.) Which brings me to today.

Summer vacation is all said and done for McDuffi e County's students and those from all over converging on Briarwood.

In a revelation that should come as a surprise to no one, I wasn't a real big fan of going to school. The actual school part didn't bother me a whole lot, it was the getting up and getting there.

I've never been even close to a morning person, and the idea of having to get up and go to school every day made matters worse. Not much changed in college - hence, a schedule wrought with night classes - and the trend has continued in my professional life.

There's one difference now though: I can't stay up either. Used to be, I could stay awake half the night working and be just fi ne the next day. I still have to do that sometimes, but now I'm exhausted the following day. It stinks.

But enough about my sleeping or lack thereof) habits. Back to back to school.

One upside of the start of the school year is the start of various sports seasons, including football and softball. I attended more Thomson High School and Briarwood football games last year than in the previous decade combined, and I'm planning to be there even more this year.

But there's plenty of time for sports and extracurricular activities after the school day is done.

So get to class, kids, and try to keep your eyes open.

And, most importantly, don't expect me to have any sympathy for your early mornings. If I've got to be up, you should too.

Whippersnappers.



Web posted on Thursday, August 5, 2004


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