A Very Special Weekend in a Very Special Place

I spent last weekend in a very special place. A place where:

* My father, uncles, cousins, and brother-in-law once walked.
* My cousins' children have walked or are currently walking. One of my sisters is among those walking the grounds.
* Young men in cowboy boots hold doors open for ladies.
* You're greeted with "Howdy!" by total strangers.
* God is still King & you have no doubt about it.
The graves of past Reveilles...the scoreboard is lit during games so they can keep an eye on how the Aggies are doing.
* Hearing a certain rhythm results in a loud "WHOOP!" by everyone within hearing distance.

* About a thousand people flow into the stadium at midnight to practice their role during the next day's game.

* These same students continue their practice in smaller groups after the structured practice.
* The fans actually stand & cheer the band at halftime instead of running to the concession stand and/or talking.

* You won't hear traditional football cheers...or cheerleaders. The "Yell Leaders" put on a show of their own. (I think I spent at least half of the game mesmerized by them!)

* The Core Values of Loyalty, Integrity, excellence, Leadership, Selfless Service, and Respect are expected and are evident.
*Traditions run deep and are embraced by even the young ones.

 The students put a penny at the feet of "Sully" before a big test.
 The "Century Tree": If you walk under it with someone, you will spend the rest of your life with that person. Likewise, if you walk alone under it, you will be alone for the rest of your life.
*Tragedies strengthen an already unbreakable bond.

The memorial for the students who were killed during the bonfire in 1999.
*Veterans are truly treated like heroes.

Being the daughter, niece, sister, sister-in-law, and cousin of Aggies, I thought I had a decent grasp of this Aggie Spirit. Well, after visiting Aggieland, I realize that until it is experienced first-hand, it's impossible to truly understand what being an Aggie really means.

Gig 'Em! WHOOP!!!


So Long October Friday Frags

Friday Fragments #18
 I don't know about you, but I am SO glad to see October on its way out. I have been swamped with meetings the past couple of weeks. (Mental note: Have my Oct. meetings in Sept. next year.)

 This week has been especially hectic. We had Family Fun Night at 1 of my schools on Tuesday, and tonight is our Fall Festival at the other. I usually wouldn't do go to evening functions if both have it on the same week, but the Fun Night was one of our mandatory nights, and the Fall Festival only comes around once a year. AND, it's a way to make a little bit of money for my room.

 Next week, 2 coworkers & I are presenting at our state conference. This will be my first time presenting, so I'm just a little nervous. I don't expect very many people to be listening to us since the conference is rather small.

 I spent a couple of hours last night making a business card. It was super-easy and rather fun! Here's a sneak peek:
Since I use the same Instagram & Twitter account for personal & business, you now know where to follow me!

 I've lost 9 lbs. so far...without walking. I know it's mostly/all water, and I know it's time to do some walking along with it. I just haven't had time with everything else I feel I need to do (like make business cards!) to pull the treadmill down. Maybe when I do I'll get around to catching up with everybody's blogs!

 Have a fantastic weekend! Don't forget to check out Traci at A Star in my Own Universe to link up with your frags!


It All Started With a Trophy

Disclaimer: This post reflects my opinions. If you don't like it, don't read it!
This post is more or less a follow-up to my post titled Being Tolerant of Tolerance. I haven't been much of a "thinker" lately, so my posts have been few & far between.
I have never wanted to just walk away from my job as much as I did at the beginning of last week. I love what I do (Speech/Language Pathologist), and I love the setting where I work (public schools). But, GEESH, am I wondering what in the world is happening to our country!
Apparently, to avoid lawsuits, if a parent comes in and says that her son identifies himself as a female, a female he is.  But wait...it gets better. The schools are encouraged to have a uni-sex bathroom that is available to all students so that an anatomically male student is not using the restroom with females. I'm sorry, but I find it hard to believe that an elementary student would be in that much conflict at that early age. If he/she is, then I would hope that the parents seek out counseling for the child. Why can't a girl be a "tomboy" anymore? I think I was definitely one growing up, but I never...not ever...identified myself as a boy. I remember people thinking I was a boy...until I got close to them and they could see I wasn't. Heck, when I'm out in a t-shirt & jeans, I still have people call me "sir"! Kids are what you expect them to be. If a girl is a "tomboy" & her parental unit goes to the school and says she identifies herself as a boy, I truly believe that the girl is going to feel that there's something wrong & that maybe she should have been a boy. As adults, we forget how impressionable young children are. They aren't able to handle and grasp adult conversations.
CH, YS, & I were discussing this, and YS said he agreed with the whole identifying as the opposite gender, but only after the child is 16. He also said, "what if a child comes in and says he's a ninja?" And so it begins.
It goes farther than gender. No more describing milk as "white" or "chocolate". (I'm not kidding.) I feel like all of the tiptoeing is adding more stress and taking teachers' focuses away from educating their students. Why are we letting a small minority dictate the majority? What can we do about it?
I'm just over it all; it's getting ridiculous. I blame the whole "every child gets a trophy" thing. Life is full of disappointments; kids need to learn to deal with not being the best, or, in some cases, not even being average. We're not all the same (thank God!); we weren't made the same. I'm concerned with how this young generation is going to be responsible adults, running our country and having to take care of the geriatric population (which would be me!).
David McCullough, Jr., during a commencement speech, said "You've been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped," he told the graduates. "But do not get the idea you're anything special. Because you are not." If you haven't heard the complete speech, you can find it here.
I wonder if our parents thought the same thing with all of the "free love" and "sex and drugs" of the 60's & 70's. Did they think our country was going to pot, too? The kids today are going to take all of this as "normal", and they won't know any different. But we will. And we do.
If I could have walked away at the beginning of the week, I definitely would have thought hard about doing so.
This is my favorite commercial on tv right now. It hits the nail right on the head!

Trophy graphic by www.mycutegraphics.com
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