I was horrible to my little sister when she was a baby. I was also pretty intolerable
to my parents. Why they didn't abandon me early in life is a tribute to their
patience. So when I get born, what if there are older brothers and sisters just
waiting to reek retribution on my head? Will I survive long enough to enjoy
brotherly and sisterly love?
It's always best, in my humble but well-traveled opinion, to have two parents. Even
if they both work, as mine did, it's good to have two. I had friends who spent
every third weekend at their dad's two-bedroom apartment in town, putting up
with the girlfriends and boyfriends that followed such breakups. They were
unhappy, spiteful children who knew the world was out to get them.
Egad! What a place to put a child! I either walked to school or took a public bus or
trolly. Today, a yellow bus pulls up and takes you where the school board has
determined you should go. The school bus is said to be a horrible place where
one can lose one's shoes, lunch money, homework or patches of hair. The
classrooms are over-crowded, the studies are more to do with how you feel about
it all rather than how to read, write and cypher. Too many children come out of
public school ill-prepared for higher education or for the workplace. There are
other dangers in public school.
When I was a kid (this time around) I worried about getting beaten up, having my lunch
money stolen or losing teeth, which happened a few times. Today, the kids carry
guns and are on drugs. You can get shot in school, and not from some nut case.
There are neighborhoods where children die regularly from gun and knife wounds
and it is not reported in the news. Anyone larger, meaner or traveling in packs
can be a danger in today's schools. Parents wring their hands but are rendered
powerless by the school board. School boards sit around and vote on which school
bus you will be intimidated on. As a child, just going to school for the first
time at the age of five, or four or - these days - three, I will be at the mercy
of the gangs.
(More to come)