As the insomnia continues, with a little encouragement from my husband snoring, the dog barking (thank you Dixie Dog for letting us know the armadillo is back, or the wind is blowing..or whatever you feel the need to bark about at 1 a.m.) and the teens who say they are “just visiting” (Really, I think they are trying to move in..but I love my niece and Goose is enjoying them being here and they are helping by taking mom wherever she needs to go…)..wait – what was I talking about again?
Oh, right. As the insomnia rages on, I was catching up on some of the blogs I follow. One caught my eye – from “If you can’t say something nice ” (http://ifyoucant.wordpress.com/) – the post is A Word is a Word is a Word… telling of the words her children are not allowed to use in school.
Sure, we know they can’t swear in school – and they are 9 and 5 – how many swear words can a 9 and 5 year old really know? Wait – don’t answer that – Goose knew at 3 that the “f -word” was the biggest no no of all. I digress.
The word they aren’t allowed to say? Stupid. Ok, no, it’s not a nice word. But gee whiz! How else are we to differentiate the smart kids from the dumb kids and the nerds from the popular kids? I was called stupid and well, I am no worse for wear. I didn’t go all Columbine on the 1st graders who teased me. Kids are cruel and mean and that makes us stronger for the real world – and breaks the hearts of the parents of the teased child…hey, maybe banning stupid isn’t such a bad idea…
Any-who, that brought me to this memory..
While we were living in Washington state, 2nd graders were bringing in music – I don’t remember exactly why, but that’s not the point – my Goose wanted to play Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” ..umm..No?
Why? Was it for the beer references? No. The damn bit of sacrifice that a cheeseburger is worth? Nope, not that either.
He couldn’t bring the song because it had the word – ready? GOD in it.
What is our world coming to when GOD is the reason you can’t sing a song in school – not the swear word smack in the middle?
I loved it though, at the last chorus/band concert we went to at the high school Dork attended, they sang “Amazing Grace”. I guess the teacher was sticking it to the man – in honor of THE man!