I must admit I don’t understand. Primary and secondary schools are still on break until after the presidential election. That means the kids have been home since before Christmas. In fact, it may be March before schools begin. No one has been able to clearly tell me why. One of my sisters is a high school principal. I wonder what she would think. The university I am working with here is in session so they were not impacted. I enjoy the atmosphere of an active campus. I even makes me miss being on my campus a bit….
That leads me to think about the neighborhood just beyond my patio door…
Do you remember the long evenings of summer playing with the neighbor kids until we could barely see each other and our moms finally called us home? Catching fireflies, playing hide-and-go-seek or kick-the-can? Rolling down the hill until we staggered or shrieking as we ran through a sprinkler? Laughing, giggling, sharing secrets? Our moms could take for granted we were safe and would come home dirty, tired, dropping exhausted into bed. They are good memories from a long time ago. But summer vacation always came to an end and as the hours of daylight shortened a new school year once again began.
Each evening as I begin to prepare for the night ahead I hear the giggles, laughter and shrieks of joy just beyond my patio. It makes me smile and remember the long days of summer. Perhaps that is also why it is so quiet as I drink my coffee early in the morning.
I suspect evenings may change whenever school finally resumes.