Headline

Advertise Here

                                                                           Sponsored by:  

By Chloe Monte

 

Remember the family that would keep the Christmas tree up all year?  Remember them?  You know the ones!  They were the eccentric family on the block whose sanity you questioned.  You asked yourself, “How could someone have such a continuous celebration spirit?  Does that not take away the essence of what Christmas is?  And what is December 25th to them if July 25th is identical?”  Ultimately, you resigned these thoughts to conclude, “To each his own.  If it makes them happy, then go for it!” 

 

What we, the categorical Christmas celebrators, did not realize was that they were ahead of their time!  They were innovative while we were naysayers.  They were trendy before there was an entire zeitgeist industry.  That’s right, they were simply living in the future! 

 

I write this article from the year 2050.  And in this year, we celebrate Christmas all year round.   We live in a perpetual state of green and red.  Stores have created, to continue increasing sales, virtual environments where you are taken back to your happiest Christmas memory via retail time machines and invented ornaments that give you boosts of endorphins whenever you touch them so to classically condition your opinion toward Christmas and excessive spending. 

 

Also, Christmas is no longer called Christmas.  A decade ago, Congress, after realizing the entire United States economy was built on Christmas revenue and any dip in Christmas revenue would cause a collapse to our economy, decided to call the holiday in perpetuity “Thanksgivmas”.  As well, there has been talk about enacting a flat tax that would automatically deduct 30% of our paycheck every month so to be put toward the Thanksgivmas economy to prevent any dips in consumption.  

 

Families no longer receive December 25th off as a vacation holiday, either.  December 25th no longer means anything; it’s just another Thanskgivmas day.  And what has happened to Black Friday, you ask?  Stores have created sections called the Black Daily where deals are had in rotation.    

 

Where did we go wrong?  How did this begin?  I’ll tell you how it began.  It began when we started trampling one another on Black Friday for a TV that is now obsolete and worth nothing!  That’s right, we are to blame!  The temptation was laid in front of us and we fell for it, Christmas tree hook, garland, and bulb.   

 

But this does not have to be your future.  You can change your habits now!

 

You can use this time to volunteer.  You can spend more time with family and friends.  You can go outside and enjoy the fresh air.  You can take up a painting class or travel.   Do anything but buy Christmas ornaments on October 1st

  

Take back Thanksgivmas season and let Christmas be Christmas and Thanksgiving be Thanksgiving. 

 

Article sponsored by Youth for Christ Tuscaloosa.

Find them on the web at: www.tuscaloosayfc.org

 

 

 

                                                                                                                Sponsored by: 

A monthly editorial piece of masterful opinionated writing (insert joke here) regarding life and times in the big town of Tuscaloosa coupled with the musings of a guy nicknamed “Oz.”

 

There’s already a conflict. 

 

How on earth does this happen? Dost the masses not understand the unwritten rule of the south - the rule that states, and I quote, “Thou shall not schedule important and/or life-altering events during any given Saturday for the duration of the fall season?”

 

Yet somehow, it occurs. A blind eye is turned. The rule overlooked. The statute ignored. The priorities flushed.

 

In the college football fan attendance and viewing playbook for the upcoming season, November 7, 2015, looked to be one of those days of perfect gridiron engagement bliss.  Alabama vs. LSU. Auburn vs. Texas A&M. Tennessee vs. South Carolina. Arkansas vs. Ole Miss. The list goes on…

 

The football scheduling brass looked down upon their work. They savored their craftsmanship, as they had created a gift to all SEC college football fans of the world. They celebrated their achievement with high-fives and self-adoration, while visions of advertising dollars danced in their heads. The people approved. And they were pleased.

 

Harmonious celebration was sure to ensue. Birds chirping. Children laughing. Fathers rejoicing.

 

But in the distance, a thunderstorm was evolving, in the form of an intrusive, upper-level low made up of everlasting commitment and impending nuptials - a disturbance caused by a jet stream of affection; a cold front of love.

 

Indeed, a friend scheduled his wedding on Nov. 7, and out of state to boot.

 

Suddenly, the vision of tailgating and grilling and chips and dips became blurry. The glory of the first game starting at 11 and the last game ending at 11 and never missing a moment of it became distorted. The outlook was grim, and the future uncertain. Gloom, despair and agony were soon to be followed by deep dark depression and excessive misery. If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.

 

After coming to grips with the certain doom, the football Gods smiled, and as luck would have it… the happy couple changed their wedding date. But there is no way I was going to erase all of this and start over.

 

Rest assured, something will come up. It always does, just like it did 10 years ago. And sometimes, certain events trump (not an endorsement) other events.

 

To be fair, and for all of those keeping score at home, yours truly got married in the month of October which, of course, is smack-dab in the middle of football season. It was a gorgeous day, with lovely weather and low humidity. But most importantly, it was to a beautiful woman who has managed to put up with my eccentricities for almost 10 years. She deserves an award, and she most definitely deserved her wedding day whenever and wherever she wanted it. And she got it.

 

That’s how it happens. And that, my friends, is priority.

 

Happy Anniversary, Honey.

 

I tweet insignificant things @ozborn34.          

 

Derek Osborn is the Executive Director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa by trade and writer by hobby. He lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife, Lynn, and daughters Savannah and Anica. 

 

Article sponsored by Bradford Health Services.

Find them on the web at: https://bradfordhealth.com

 

By Tori Linville

 

Maybe it’s a silhouette out of the corner of your eye. It could be hushed voices when no one’s around. Maybe something falls off a shelf unexpectedly. Or a cold rush overcomes you and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

 

These are just a few experiences you could have in some of Alabama’s haunted places – some people have already had them. We’ve listed some places around your area that are known for their supernatural residents. Feel free to visit – if you dare.

 

BIRMINGHAM

 

Sloss Furnaces

 

There’s a reason both paranormal reality shows “Ghost Adventures” and “Ghost Hunters” have investigated the happenings at Sloss Furnaces. Creepy stories and legends practically hold up the walls to Sloss Furnaces, the old pig iron manufacturer. More than 60 workers died during the furnace’s heyday. The deaths were nasty accidents, though some contest that some were murdered. Here’s what has been experienced:

·      apparitions of figures throughout the furnaces

·      sounds of workers moving behind/beside visitors

·      pipes banging and other residual noises

·      two investigators reported having been slapped in the face

 

Hotel Highland/Pickwick Hotel

 

The Hotel Highland features many unexplained events that leave visitors scratching their heads. Known also as the Pickwick Hotel in the 1950s, the building used to be known as The Pickwick Club before that. It was also once a medical building. Some say a nurse still roams the halls of the hotel. Here’s what’s floating around:

·      ghostly figures sighted frequently, including a little girl, a man in a suit in the dining room and a woman in a long dress entering the elevator

·      eerie, cold feeling in basement gym, which used to be a morgue, along with strange smells

·      feeling of being touched

·      feeling of being watched

 

TUSCALOOSA

 

The Jemison Center at Old Bryce Mental Hospital

 

There are several things said about “Old Bryce,” and most is usually fiction. Some claim that former slaves were forced back into slavery at the facility. Since it wasn’t founded as a health care provider until the 1920s, the slave theory doesn’t make much sense. Regardless, the patients who lived in the facility most likely did live through the abuse that occurred for many mental patients during the time. Here’s what people have recorded from their visits:

·      unexplained voices, footsteps

·      unexplained slamming doors

·      unexplained hair pulling

·      sensation of being hit or kicked

 

If visiting Old Bryce sounds like fun to you, we wouldn’t advise it. Trespassers caught on the grounds will be prosecuted for breaking the law.

 

Moundville Archeological Park

 

Down the road in Moundville, the Moundville Archeological Park is home to the remains of a large settlement created by the native peoples who lived in the area beside the Black Warrior River. The mounds in the settlement helped support residences, were used for a mortuary and had other uses. It’s said the spirits of the Moundville natives can still be felt among the grounds. Here’s the spooky run-down of what’s been seen and heard:

·      faint drumming heard at night

·      light coming from one of the larger mounds, taking the shape of a pyramid

 

 

MOBILE

 

Kate Shepard House Bed and Breakfast

 

The gorgeously decorated bed and breakfast has said to have visitors that are always checked in. Run by friendly staff and teaming with Southern charm and history, there’s no questioning why the masses flock to the breathtaking home. Here’s what those who got to check out have reported:

·      an apparition of an elderly woman seen in guest rooms

·      strange presence felt by staff and customers

 

Battle House Renaissance Hotel

 

A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Battle House Renaissance Hotel is known for its luxurious ways. The hotel regularly aces customer reviews, and lists a 4.8 for service and cleanliness via a 5.0 scale on its website. While the hotel has been renovated, history can’t be removed like drywall. Here’s what’s been reported:

·      unexplained voices and apparitions

·      faucets turning on and off by themselves

·      unexplained photo evidence of apparitions

 

BONUS: CAHABA

 

Once known as the state’s capital, Cahaba, Alabama is now a certified ghost town. Eerie, empty buildings are only maintained by the Alabama Historical Commission. Abandoned streets, cemeteries and ruins are the only markers that anyone ever lived in the town.

 

Check out hauntedplaces.org for more ghostie fun.

 

Article sponsored by Alabama Power.

Find them on the web at: http://www.alabamapower.com

 

                                                                                                            Sponsored by: 

By Courtney Corbridge

 

By the time summer rolled around each year, the only things left in my trick-or-treat pillowcase at the base of my closet were a few rolls of Smarties and a bunch of empty wrappers. Summer popsicles and ice cream cones set my sweet tooth at bay, but by September, when I found myself back in school, I often had one thing on the edge of my mind—Halloween. I dreamed of dressing up, bringing home my weight in chocolate, and then trading out treats with my siblings on the living room floor. It was one of the great meccas of childhood.

 

But not for everyone. In fact, while almost all of my friends loved dressing up and going from house to house, a few of them got the short end of the stick when it came to trick or treating. And the biggest setback was typically allergies! One of my closest friends was actually allergic to chocolate! Can you imagine? Others had peanut allergies, and others weren’t allowed to have sugar. Unfortunately, this is a fairly common thing for a lot of kids. The most common kid allergies include milk, eggs, nuts, and wheat. So how can we help those deserving kids find the magic in Halloween and trick or treating as well? Here are a few alternatives you can consider to your typical candy-in-a-bowl routine.

 

--Mini Nail Polish

--Spider Stamps

--Hair Accessories

--Crazy Straws

--Small Bags of Legos

--Mini Whistles

--Mini Bubbles Bottles

--Foam Masks

--Yoyos

--Halloween Cookie Cutters

--Finger Puppets

--Mini Notepads or Coloring Books

--Temporary Tattoos

--Bouncy Balls

--Mini Slinkys

--Halloween Rings

--Halloween Erasers

--Mini Playdoughs

--Glowsticks

--Sticky Hands

--Stickers

--Fake Dracula Teeth

--Mini Flash Lights

 

Last year Food Allergy Research and Education, Inc. (FARE) started an awareness program for kids with allergies called The Teal Pumpkin Project. Families who are committed to giving healthy alternatives on Halloween can put a teal pumpkin by their doorstep so that trick or treaters and their parents can identify allergy-friendly homes. If you would like to join in, please visit http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#.VfhBtxFVikp to learn more. 

 

Article sponsored by Lakeside Dental.

Find them on the web at: http://www.lakesidedentalsmiles.com

 

 

Moundville Archaeological Park is celebrating its annual Native American Festival this weekend, and if you’re looking for something exciting and unique to do with the whole family in our area, this is it. The four-day event, which begins on Oct. 8, is one of the premiere tourism events in the state of Alabama, drawing thousands to the Park in Moundville each and every year.

Visitors to this year’s Moundville Native American Festival can enjoy performances, browse wonderful arts and crafts displays and watch great demonstrations designed to entertain and educate everyone about the rich culture and heritage of Southeastern Indians. Children are invited to get hands-on by playing native games and making crafts in the special Children's area.

“Moundville Archaeological Park is undoubtedly the most important prehistoric site in Alabama,” said Betsy Irwin, education outreach coordinator for the park. “The massive amount of labor and skill involved in leveling the plaza and constructing the mounds reflects the sophistication of the ancient people who once lived here. Less than 15 percent of the site has been excavated, making Moundville the best preserved site of its kind.”

One of the highlights of any visit to Moundville Archaeological Park is the University of Alabama’s Jones Museum.

“This is very important to Native Americans, many of whom consider these mounds to be sacred,” Irwin said. “In close consultation with Southeastern Indian tribes, we developed the Jones Museum exhibits to reflect their culture from the past as accurately as possible. Moundville and the Jones Archaeological Museum are both treasures that belong to everyone.”

Festival admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children.

 

The Festival will take place October 8 and 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and October 10 and 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

For more information on the Moundville Archaeological Park, including more information about the 2014 Moundville Native American Festival, visit www.moundville.ua.edu

Photo: Jeff Perrigin

 

Article sponsored by Trade Partners Exchange.

Find them on the web at: http://tradepartnersexchange.com

                                                                                                                                 Sponsored by:

By Mike Green

 

In August, our youngest child, Ross, packed most everything he owned into his 2003 Toyota Corolla and started a 2000 mile trek that would end in Los Angeles. This California destination will be his home for at least the next nine months and his mother and I are nervously wondering if it may be a permanent move. Ross has been “out of the house” for most of the past five years, but he was never more than a 45-minute drive from Tuscaloosa.  This move is, of course, much more significant for him and for us.

 

As parents of young children, then teenagers and eventually adults, our relationships with our kids go through many significant transitions. Navigating those transitional phases can be scary. Dropping a child off at college or giving our new 16-year-old the keys to the car and the freedom that goes with it can test all our previous commitments to trust our son or daughter. With two adult children, I have faced several of those transitions and I am sure I could learn much from many of you who have navigated far more of these “opportunities” than I have. But I would like to share a few insights that might just help those of you who will face them in the coming days.

 

First of all, trust yourself. After 13, 16 or even 20 plus years you have invested thousands of hours into your child’s development. And yes, you made far more mistakes than you think you should have.  You were not the perfect parent. But I know you care about your child. Why? Because you are taking the time to read this article. And though you are a flawed parent, your child has learned much from you. Even if some of their decision making as a teenager makes you question that. Here is one thing I have learned about teenagers: Sometimes they are very adept at not revealing that they are actually learning something. But far more is sinking in than you can imagine.

 

Second, trust your child. This is a general principle and not a hard and fast rule, so give me a little grace here if you will. Our kids love to rise to the level we expect of them. Let your children know you trust them. Verbally communicate that trust. Let them know that this new stage of life will test them and that you “can’t wait to see how they perform.” Then celebrate together when they do well.

 

Third, trust God. As I wrestle with my shortcomings as a parent this one gives me much needed peace. The bottom line is, your children are more God’s than they are yours. He loves them, aches for them when they are in pain, celebrates with them when they succeed and has the omniscient ability to be concerned with their well-being even when we are busy working our jobs, attending to other children or getting away for a much needed vacation with our spouse. I am convinced God is good. And that goodness means He is constantly concerned for our kids.  

 

I hope these insights are helpful. If you have some more please send them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Mike and Laura Green have two grown children, Brittany and Ross. They serve on staff with Tuscaloosa Youth For Christ. Their first grandchild is due in September.

 

Photo Caption: Mike and Laura Green 

 

Article sponsored by Tuscaloosa Youth for Christ.

Find them on the web at: http://www.tuscaloosayfc.org

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                             Sponsored by: 

By Marlena Rice

 

Fall is finally here: Hello cooler weather, back-to-school, and football! Parents who have gotten all too familiar with the easier flow of traffic from home to work are now readjusting their morning schedules to entertain the influx of school buses and University traffic that were easily forgotten during the summer months. As parents, as we adjust to our new schedules, our little people are adjusting as well. But with new schools, new classrooms, new teachers and new friends comes butterflies and anxiety that we may not be used to seeing in our children. See below a list of ways to combat “school refusal,” a common form of anxiety that many of our children experience, whether it is easily recognizable or not. 

 

So what is school refusal? I think all parents have experienced excess clinging during morning drop-offs to school, avoidance, flat-out defiance and the good old-fashioned tantrum. In older children, this refusal may occur in terms of “not feeling well” in attempts to stay home, away from all things that are causing their anxiety (the fear of not knowing the correct answers in class, having to meet new friends, or even worries about who to sit with at lunchtime), as well as real physical symptoms, like stomachaches, or nausea.*

 

Usually, these childhood fears dissipate over the course of learning a new routine. We have to wake up a little bit earlier to avoid the additional school traffic on the road in the mornings, and our children have to adjust their minds to what is new in their lives before becoming comfortable.

 

How can we, as parents, help to combat school refusal?

 

·       Don’t rush your mornings. Prepare lunches and backpacks the evening prior to bedtime and wake up just a little bit earlier in the mornings. This gives you time to eat breakfast with your child, talk about the day’s expectations and gives the child a chance to voice any concerns they may have.

 

·       For little ones entering a schooling environment for the first time, adjust them to school in small doses. Once assigned a classroom and teacher, ask if you can start dropping your child in for a few hours a day to help them adjust.

 

·       Talk with your children about their fears and feelings, and find solutions together for things that may cause them stress or concern. A good time to do this is during a family dinner when your child is relaxed and comfortable.

 

·       Encourage playdates for little ones and extracurricular activities for older children. This will help them relax while being around people their age in a similar environment. Having your child build excitement over activities that are school-related will not only encourage them to like attending each morning, but it may very well make them more in tune with the classroom aspects of school.

 

·       Most importantly, make yourself known at your children’s school. Know your child’s principals, directors, teachers and part-time aids. Not only is this a great way to let educators know just how involved you are, but your child will be proud that you are involved.

 

*While some of these symptoms are normal and affect a large majority of children, should you notice 

 your child not getting better, consult a mental health professional.*

 

Marlena Rice is a local mom and author. Her new book, Pacifiers, Flatbeds and Barn Wood Thingamajigs, a 'Come to Jesus Guide' for the New, Southern Mom,” will be available on Amazon.com this fall. Follow Marlena on Instagram at marlena_rice.

 

Article sponsored by ERC Roofing and Construction.

Find them on the web at: http://alabamaroofingexpert.com

 

By Allison Adams

September. Is it really already here?! With the temps rising to the triple digits in July, I have to say I welcome the end of summer.

 

But isn’t that what the seasons are really about? They provide change for us just in time, bringing much-needed relief from monotony. We can’t help it, we are wired this way, and our super-fast technical lives are making it even more difficult for us to learn to relax.

 

We anticipate and eagerly await summer as she rolls in, the sun and some warm patches heating up our springs, until we are full-blown into the middle of summer. We enjoy a little time at the beach, in a boat on the lake, but then suddenly we find ourselves in a little round plastic tub in desperate search of activities for kids and relief from the heat.

 

Just yesterday I felt a cool breeze on the back side of a pop-up thunderstorm. It was like a touch of fall breeze heaven caressing my face. Well, maybe it was still in the low 90s, but to me, it smelled a bit like fall.

 

Fall is on the way, tempting us just as summer did. You can see it coming in the store displays, as owners scurry about, getting ready for the influx of students. The lake has even been quieter than usual, as everyone squeezes in a last-minute vacation before buckling down to tackle school supply lists and soccer sign ups. You can almost feel the football fever coming across the rocky cliffs that surround the waters’ edge on Lake Tuscaloosa. The thought brings chill bumps to my arms! But for now, let’s make the most of the summer that we have left with the kids. 

 

I find it amusing that even here in the South, we have to work to relax. There are classes on relaxation. We create rooms to help us find our Zen. We drink to take the edge off. We exercise to de-stress. We spend money for counselors who are supposed to help us find our “center.”

 

Why would we “work” to relax when all around us, God has rolled out the best therapy. Relaxation is guaranteed when you stop and immerse yourself in a sunset, walking along the lake’s shore, and then you look over and spot a turtle sliding off a log, enjoying an evening dip. There is no better Zen than to listen to a stream trickle down a hill to the lake below. Paddling in a canoe or kayak can add some vigorous workout to your search for “chi.” 

 

May you embrace the heat and push through. Before long, we will be deep into fall and wishing for some winter winds to get us through ‘til spring. Hey! It’s how we roll!

 

If you’ve been hiding out in the A/C all summer and didn’t realize summer was just about over, you still have time to make those special family summer memories. If you are all out of ideas, no one can resist loading in the truck (we have been known to just go pick up the neighborhood and take them in the RV for ice cream) and heading to Sonic for a cold blast of something. Or try some night bowling in the air conditioning before it is filled once again with college students. After all, right now, we locals still have the run of the place! 

 

Blessings from Lake Tuscaloosa, and Happy End-of-Summer,

 

Allison Adams

 

www.southernscribblings.com

 

Photo: Allison Adams

 

Article sponsored by Interlinc Mortgage Services.

Find them on the web at: www.interlincmortgage.com 

 

 

By Courtney Corbridge

 

When it comes to teens and their financial responsibilities, no two homes will do it the same. And they don't have to. One teenager may benefit from access to a credit card early in order to learn how to be organized, meet deadlines, and be careful with the quick swipe of a card. Another teenager, however, may quickly become trapped by the buy-now, pay-later rationale and establish a pattern for debt. 

 

Parents often decide to give their teens credit cards for emergencies, to teach responsibility, or help them establish credit from an early age. But before you take the leap, here are a few questions to ask before deciding if a credit card is right for the teens and soon-to-be independents in your home.

 

Are you in debt?

Of course kids can learn from our mistakes, but they can also follow them. If you have a habit of overspending or a large collection of credit card debts, it is likely that your child will too. This is yet another case where “do what I say and not what I do” will fall short. 

 

Do your children "nickel and dime themselves to death"?

Aside from mortgages, student loans, and car payments, it's often not the big things that cause college students and teens to go into debt. It's the daily expenditures they forget to keep track of and fail to live without—a pizza here, a concert there. Budgets are broken on the small stuff.

 

Do they already save and budget?

Letting your child save up for a summer trip, a car, or a musical instrument can be good ways to test if your teen is ready for a credit card. If they already have a history of saving their funds and keeping track of them, it’s likely those skills will carry over once they have a plastic card instead of cash.

 

Have you talked to your children about building credit?

College-aged students are more likely to open lots of credit card accounts—one with Target, one with Gap, another with Amazon etc. On many campuses they'll be offered anything from a free T-shirt to a free pizza to apply for credit cards, or at the very least to subscribe to a lifetime of banking junk mail. Teach your kids about the wisdom of only having a few credit cards and paying them off on time. Teach them about building credit, why they will need good credit, and how to maintain good credit. Sit down with them. If they are unwilling to learn about the advantages and repercussions of a credit card, they probably aren’t ready to have one.

 

Have they already had a debit card through a personal checking account?

Many parents find that debit cards are good options for teens who already have jobs. This gives them experience with tracking their money online and through bank statements without giving them the full buying power of a credit card. With joint checking accounts, parents can also transfer funds to them in the case of emergencies. For this phone savvy generation, most banks have apps that teens can download to keep track of their expenditures, and they will often send texts to warn them when their funds get low.

 

Article sponsored by the Lift Fund.

Find them on the web at: http://alabama.liftfund.com

 

The Land of Oz

 

A monthly editorial piece of masterful opinionated writing (insert joke here) regarding life and times in the big town of Tuscaloosa coupled with the musings of a guy nicknamed “Oz.” 

 

If you are anything like me (and bless your soul if you are), you might have looked at the calendar recently and asked yourself, “Hey… where in the heck did summer go?”

 

Technically, it’s still here. But for all intents and purposes, it begins when school lets out and ends when school resumes. Or does it?

 

Whether you have kids or not, there is a direct correlation (especially in the thriving metropolis of Tuscaloosa) as it relates to our living conditions. This includes, but is not limited to: much lighter traffic conditions, no lines, no wait at local eateries, and no dreading the approach to the unavoidable intersection at 15th and McFarland (hurry up with that Krispy Kreme turn lane, will ya?). No matter where you live, you’ve no doubt dealt with this issue.

 

Seasons seem to get shorter every year and unscientifically speaking, maybe it’s because that for a couple of brief months, life gets a little easier to navigate. Literally. Getting from point A to point B is a lot less hectic.

 

But it also may be because of timing. Let’s face it: The last week of May and the first week of August are a wash. If you’re not decompressing from the hustle of spring, you’re prepping for the upcoming hustle in the fall. Some of us never come out of the hustle to begin with, but at least the commute is a little less painful.

 

Eliminate those two weeks, and you have exactly two months remaining. After various sporting camps, and vacation bible school, and finishing baseball, and dodging bacteria in the neighborhood pool, and swim lessons, and reapplying sunscreen, and potentially squeezing in a vacation from which you return and need a vacation… it’s over.

 

In a puff of smoke, the school supply list is staring you in the face and we’re all mulling over preseason football polls.

 

Other school systems perform their summer break dance a little differently simply by altering dates while maintaining the allotment of off time.

 

As an example, certain systems in other necks of other woods shift the grand finale of the academic year until the end of June and then recommence after Labor Day. I’m not sure which is worse. The only sure positive is that statistically, July and August are the hottest months, and at least the kids would return as the weather is beginning to somewhat cool down.

 

Regardless, the summers seemingly continue to get shorter. And if the powers that be eventually shorten the actual break, then by the measurement of the title of this article, enjoy your one week of summer. Time flies when you’re reapplying sunscreen.

  

I tweet insignificant things @ozborn34.          

 

Derek Osborn is the Executive Director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa by trade and writer by hobby. He lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife, Lynn, and daughters Savannah and Anica. 

 

 

 

Page 1 of 5

The Montgomerian is Montgomery, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

Most Popular

Instagram Gallery