Posted 11-19-2004 at 13:15:22
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Many years ago when our first son entered Kindergarten, I drove him to school. When we arrived, a bus pulled up by the sidewalk leading to the classrooms of the kindergarten which set away from the elementary school.
As the children stepped down from the bus the teachers were there to greet them in the rain. Well friends, I sat in my car and watch as the grown-ups directed the children to line up on the sidewalk before taking them into the classrooms.
Now what you need to remember is that there were four classes for the preschoolers. And, so, the teachers held the kids on the sidewalk as they directed each one to the correct line in accordance with the room designation. And, all the while the rain poured down and the teachers and the children were getting soaked.
I'd like to point out that it was only about 25 feet from the bus to the building. And, the single story building had an overhang that extended out over the sidewalk that wrapped around the entire structure.
Now, at seeing the kids take their second bath, I decided to make my move. I left my car and made my way to one of the teachers and quitely suggested that she should have the kids move under the overhang to arrange them in proper file for their respective classrooms. She took my advice and after more delay consulting with the other teachers and aids, the children were moved under the shelter.
Now what this comes down to is, I can understand how some teachers might not readily see the obvious. For, almost assuredly, that could have been the very first teaching assignment for some of them. After all, they were all young women and all shared one common trait. They wanted to be the best at what they were doing. After all, this was the life they choose and I dare say they had finally arrived.
Now, When my niece was married, my brother-in-law rented several tents and had them erected on his lawn to protect the guest just in case it rained or the sun was too bright.
Now, it all comes down to this; The part that I can't understand is how the once, most powerful man in the world, and his army of assistants couldn't provide for some shelter in case of rain when they dedicated the Presidential Library. Maybe my brother-in-law should be President. what say you?......gfp