Friday, February 26, 2010

Go Directly to Jail

I have been watching this story for a few weeks now and this dad just continues to piss me off. He may be heading to jail for violating his divorce decree by taking his three year old daughter to church.

Having taken my son to church for several years I think that I can say that a three year old doesn't get anything out of going except a snack and color time. There really is no reason to take a small child unless it is what the parent wants. Kids have no real concept until they are older. It is something for them to dread and have to sit still while their parents listen to long, drawn out speeches by people standing in front of the congregation.

When parents of different faiths get together, as these folks did, it should be decided what is going to happen when kids are born and what should be done or not done in regards to any religious education. In this marriage it was decided that they would be raised Jewish. Then after the divorce this guy gets something stuck crosswise up his ass and decided to bring his former religion in to the mix.

I would be as angry as this mom too. He got a television crew to follow him as he blatantly flaunted his disregard for the courts order. Granted they should both let it go until the kid is older and let them make their own choices, but since they have decided to go this route, I think the guy needs to get what is coming to him and go to jail.

The kid is three and has no idea what the parents are thrusting upon them. Just more nonsense in the name of God and religion!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It's Lunch

No matter who you talk to everyone will have stories, or nightmares, about what they were either served or purchased for their school lunches. It is becoming the chat du jour these days with the First Lady getting gung-ho about juvenile obesity.

I applaud her efforts, but...what about the learning and examples that kids are meant to learn and see at home? Why is it that it has become the total responsibility of the scvchool systems/staff to ensure that kids get everything they need in/for life?

When I was in school my mom either packed our lunch and we ate what we got or traded. When I got to high school and could buy things I almost always bought the kind of stuff we did not regularly get at home. Stuff like pizza and burgers and most often the sweet treats and goodies.

At home my mom would make meals that had vegetables and fruits, some of them I really hated, but she insisted that we eat them. I still have a huge aversion to warm beets. I have a friend who will make separate meals for her kids if they do not like what the main meal is going to be. Are you kidding me?! Seriously I say no way. I never did that for my kid. He either ate what was for dinner or went to bed hungry and with no snack. It is not a crime to make your kid eat the food you buy and cook.

Granted I had more treats in my home, for my kid and myself, but I still turned him on to salads and other good food. he did not live on junk and did not take it to school either. What they do when they get older, in cafeterias and lunch places, is out of our control. They offer taco bars, pizzas with veggies and other decent fare. If you take away everything and try to go strict healthy I can imagine that most of them won't eat at all and will save that money to hit McDonalds after school.

When I was teaching many of the kids got free breakfast and lunch. Most of them either threw the lunch out, sadly, because there was fruit and raw veggies often. The breakfast was cold cereal and pop tarts. Nothing that they would not normally eat, but the kind of stuff that some would have done away with.

There could be some adjusting and creative, healthy changes made, maybe less sodas available and candy, but why not put the responsibility on the home and less on the school.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Wine & Scissors

The other night I got a bee in my bonnet. Or maybe I should say scissors in my hand!! This is what can happen after very long, stressful work days, several glasses of red wine and an attitude with the hair.

I have just gotten to the end of my rope with my hair. I am at work so often, with a sporadic day off and rarely two together, so I just got tired of the long hair. I have to pull it up to work and just got tired of having it down just one day here and there. Why wash it and go to all the trouble for one day and then pull it back up the next.

I had been toying with getting it cut. Well, once I did the bangs I felt bolder and did the rest of it. Actually my hairdresser thought it looked decent. He is just going to fix it here and there when I get the color done next time.

It does feel liberating!!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

It's About Time

It's about time that the top military brass decided to let those who are gay openly serve! Seems that the top guys are now agreeing that "don't ask don't tell" just doesn't work or is not the right rule.

"The military's top uniformed officer declared Tuesday that gays should be allowed to serve openly in uniform, arguing that it is "the right thing to do.""

Yes it is. There is no telling the number of service personnel, who are gay and have taken the pledge to serve their country, but are afraid of losing it all if their secret would come out.