Empty School Bus Syndrome

September 2, 2008

For the first time in 17 years, we have no children in school. No trips for school or college supplies. No tuition payments, no $120 textbooks. I loved school, but my kids didn’t take to it. I don’t miss the arguing over homework, of course, but I do kind of feel there is something missing this year (besides the kids themselves, who are off in Rhode Island and Georgia).

Fortunately, for me, there are lots of opportunities around to take classes or join in on discussions of all sorts. It’s a good year to discuss politics, to get a better handle on some of the many issues that divide and unite our country. Besides the ever-changing kaleidoscope of Sarah Palin revelations, of course, which is occupying most of my free brain cells just now. I am fascinated by the flipflop of liberal and conservative view on this issue: Phyllis Schlafly, who has long been an outspoken foe of women’s rights, thinks Palin is the best person for the job of VP. I who have worked in small ways for women’s rights, think Palin should stay in Alaska, and take care of her special needs baby, and be there for her daughters. Family values apparently has multiple definitions.

As I write this, self-described Democrat Joe Lieberman is speaking at the Republican National Convention about what a good president Bill Clinton was, and the Republicans are applauding Clinton. It’s hard to keep up. I’m turning to Comedy Central for now.

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