Labor Day Today
Today is Labor Day. When I was a kid, it marked the last day of summer. Most kids across the U.S., are back to virtual learning, this fall. School is extra complicated for so many, right now.
First Grade in Staten Island 1963
My school worries were pretty simple back in the day. We moved a lot, so I do remember many first day nerves... in schools, where I knew no one.
But there were no pandemics. School seemed like a pretty safe and simple place.
On This Day, in 1971
Some kids had a different kind of worry on September 7, 49 years ago. Busing had begun, as a way to achieve desegregation in schools.
Some kids were nervous about traveling to a different school. My brother was one of those kids, but I don't remember him complaining. Many adults were angry, but my parents supported the plan. Mom volunteered at the school and her enthusiasm helped make my brother's transition a positive one. I think Mom would have been a good Pandemic Parent.
There have been so many brave students in history, from little Ruby Bridges to the young students at Little Rock.
And this fall, there are brave kids as well, dealing with frustrations and fears of learning from home... or walking into a school, full of masks and rigid rules.
I will be cheering on all the kids and teachers tomorrow! Staff and parents as well!
Cancer to Covid
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 17, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me.
Coronavirus and Cancer! Both are evil, but neither can totally get me down... if I vent! I hope with Covid, I run out of complaints before 200!