Anyone who knows me well also knows that I have no respect for the public school system. Well, at least the school system in
Long story, but that’s not what this post is about.
No, the other thing I detest about public school systems is the fact that kids bring home every sniffle, virus, or horrible ailment that goes through those buildings. Even the crap pumped through the heating/cooling ducts to kill germs does nothing against the germs floating around the halls and classrooms.
Kids, especially li’l ones, sneeze and cough without covering their noses or mouths. [Dude, keep your boogers over there on your side of the table!]
Both children and adults skip washing their hands after restroom breaks or after sneezing/coughing into their palms, and then they touch everything—including you—in the process. [Look, I enjoy going to the PTA meetings with you, but if you didn’t wash your hands after you were done in there, I have only one thing more to say to you… Get the hell away from me!]
And that’s not counting what goes on in people’s homes! One of the kids’ mothers might make baked goods for that classroom party, but she’s been suffering some sort of respiratory virus and sneezed on her hands, and then forgot to wash them before smearing icing on that batch of brownies. So now your child and every other tyke in the second grade class have the virus, too. [Oh, look. He brought a brownie home to me. Typhoid Mary has now spread her germs into another household.]
So now that everyone is ill, here’s where the schools pi** me off to no end—they penalize you as a parent for keeping your children home so they don’t spread the illnesses to everyone else.
Seriously? My kid is too sick to go to school, but he’s not quite ill enough to go to a doctor because it’s one of those things that pass in twenty-four hours (our doc gets really angry over the school’s policy because he has to see people who should simply stay home and ride out the virus), but you want me to take him anyway just so I have a doctor’s excuse. Sure! I’ll whip out $125 for an office visit or force our insurance company to pay for it when it’s really not necessary, just to make you happy! We wouldn’t want you to miss out on that state kickback for having that note, now would we?
(This is why I have chosen “hold thy tongue” as one of my resolutions for 2013. I seldom use profanity in such situations, but I do have a wicked mouth and wield sarcasm as easily as breathing. See our guest’s post Swinging from the Trapeze of Life and check out the comments, too.)
My youngest was home from school two days last week with stomach problems. He hurled all over the school bus Monday afternoon and, after he got dressed this morning, his belly started hurting again and he didn’t want any breakfast. I will never hear the end of it when I call him in absent. “Make sure he has a doctor’s excuse, Mrs. Brown.”
Really? Well, I have a pimple on my butt. Should I make a doctor’s appointment for that, too?
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I was ready to stuff that eye doctor excuse up someone’s stuffy nose by the time she returned to school the following day!
Regardless, sending your kid to public school is a crap shoot. You never know what he or she will bring home to the family after a day with dozens upon dozens of kids and staff who don’t, or simply forget, to cover their mouths and noses when they spew or visit the toilet.
And I think I need to make a batch of fudge for our bus driver, the poor guy!
Now that I’m done ranting, lol, I want to mention that I have a two-part giveaway for readers going on this month. I’m visiting various blogs and websites with my books, being my goofy, warped self like I do here at 4SW. If you visit last Friday's guest appearance (HERE) and today's (HERE) and leave comments, be sure to check out my blog here at 4SW this Friday the 18th and comment on it, too. This will give you three entries into my giveaway. However, each of my guest blog posts have the giveaway of an ebook from my MollyDiamond.com site, but at the end of this month, I’ll chose someone from all my blog appearances to win a nice, big coffee mug packed full of goodies from sweets to cool pens to maybe even some trinkets. So, if you wanna start getting in on the fun, visit the links, and come back to 4SW this Thursday for more insanity and a chance to enter the two-part giveaway again.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!