Friday, August 13, 2021

Back to School We Go--Mask Up

My tiny baby, my precious, IS IN THE EIGHTH GRADE.  I am trying not to freak out about it, but it is difficult, because HE IS IN THE EIGHTH GRADE.  In my head he is still little, even though he is about to hit 5'9".  We have had to take all of his school pants back and get new ones, and I don't know if these new ones will make it to October.  Zane is growing so fast that his bones actually hurt.  At least that is what he tells me.  Often.  Teenagers like to complain, apparently. Who knew?

He starts school Monday, and it will be face-to-face.  Zane insisted on getting the vaccine immediately when it was approved for his age group.  He hasn't been back to school in person since March of 2020.  He's going to have masks in his back pack, and the class he will be in is small.  He seems to be more mature about the entire event than his parents.  

I have been at work since July, but the kids start on Monday.  I am not sure what my district was planning to do once the covid numbers began rising in Bexar County, but the Mayor of San Antonio and the County Judge got a temporary restraining order against the Governor of Texas in order to implement a mask mandate for the area.  As of now, masks are required at schools.    

Masks save lives. That is a fact that has been verified by research. No more arguing about that, no more conspiracy theories about that.   

I confess that I am not a huge fan of masks.  In the heat, I feel like I can't breathe sometimes, and it freaks me out.  But I keep my mask on, because it is the right thing to do.  I get tired of all the idiots who are hollering about their 'freedoms' and particularly all of these hateful and angry people who come to school board meetings to scream and threaten people who just want their children to be safe.  

That is it.  

Parents just want their children to be safe. I want my child to be safe. My neighbors want their children to be safe.  My brother wants his child to be safe. Most parents want their children to be safe.  That is to be commended, not jeered.  And school is supposed to be a safe place.  How does that happen if a school cannot even take steps to protect their students because a governor is trying to impress a tiny minority of idiots who just want to scream at people?  Why is this such a hot button issue in the first place?  Knock it off, you guys.    



  1. Masks are a pain. I get that. But I do it because it's science. I do have a problem witb the vaccine mandate. Telling people to wear a removable mask is one thing. Telling them they have to inject something into their bodies, even if their doctor says it's not a good idea for them, is another. I was in SF when they issued such a mandate. It was incredibly uncomfortable, and while we are all vaxed, the vacation I spent a TON of $ on, would have not even been worth going on if we couldn't have even gotten into the hotel.

  2. It's heartwarming to see how much you care about your son's safety as he starts eighth grade. Growing up so fast can be overwhelming, but it's great to hear that he's matured about the back-to-school situation. Wishing him a successful and safe return to face-to-face learning with his masks in tow! Let's all remember, parents just want their children to be safe, and that should be the priority for everyone.


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