It’s that time of the year, late August, early September, the sun rises early in the morning and sets late in the evening. Depending on where you live, the weather is either a comfortable 70 degrees during the day or a wet/dry 95 degrees. The temperature does not matter as much because you are inside in an air-conditioned room learning about reading, writing and arithmetic. You are able to say hi to your friends, talk during class and reminisce about last years boring teachers.
Unfortunately, it is not 1996 and times are clearly changing. Back to school in 2020 looks a lot different than it used to. The sun is hotter, the weather is unpredictable, and our children are not allowed to go to school. Well to be politically correct they are enrolled in school and they learn every day but it looks different. Our children are now being raised to watch their teacher on a computer, learn through remote conversations, interact with their friends through text message or video chat and hope that their parents will be able to comprehend what two plus two equals (hint, it is not 4) without spending twenty minutes on google only to tell their children that two plus two will always be four regardless of what their teachers tell them. I miss the 90’s, life seemed simpler, calmer, friendlier.
With the change in social interaction this school year bringing back the postcard into regular circulation to keep in touch with classmates, neighbors, family, teachers and friends seems essential. How long does it take to write a few sentences on the back of a postcard? Let’s all stay in touch by sending a note to those we think about every day.