Published September 6, 2013
(In response to last week’s column)
Apparently there are several different meanings to the “Stuck in Ohio” logo that we see pasted on the back of several motor vehicles. To name a few, there is a production company that operates under this name, a dismount for a gymnast off the uneven bars is called “stuck,” and if you live in Ohio it is considered “Stuck in Ohio.” I still find this to be a dismal quote and a little disrespectful to your fellow Ohioans. I think it would compare to something that says, “unfortunately a parent.” It just wouldn’t sit well with a lot of people.
It’s the first week in September and the back to school blues are blossoming everywhere. As our summer comes to an end, children everywhere start to build up anxiety about the social atmosphere they’re forced to partake in.
I always had a love/hate relationship with school. I loved to be with the few friends that I had, and hated to be around the kids that made me feel awkward. It’s amazing how you can have 10 positive things said to you in a day, yet the one negative is all you tend to remember or dwell on.
Bullying runs rampant through the halls these days. I’m a big advocate of “kids will be kids,” but I’m also a firm believer in “treat others as you would have them treat you.”
I actually witnessed a kid bullying a boy that he had never met before. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It took all I had not to bully the bully back. I always tell my kids, “oh I’m sure she didn’t mean it like that” or “he was probably just kidding,” but after seeing how an adolescent can actually behave in such a hurtful manner, I am forced to believe it’s not always unintentional.
It’s hard to believe that someone would intentionally want to demean another person for their own enjoyment, but it happens, and not only with kids. I know that all kids can’t belong to a group or a team, but it would help if they could all feel like they were a part of something bigger than just a name on the school roster. Maybe if the schools went back to reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, our children would understand that we’re all a part of something much larger and greater than a dodge ball team.
Is it too much to ask to teach our children about integrity and honor?