School started in earnest today statewide, but some schools started earlier. The school across the street was packed as parents dropped off their children. Some have made an art of the first day making signs indicating the year and having one for each member of the family. Working at the store, heard several moms a buzz as they walked the aisles talking on cell phones about the classes their children were in. Saw two members of church as well at the store, and the two dads both have daughters either starting or finishing high school, both milestones. Both are in shock. One lady I work with said she offered to walk her daughter to the class and her daughter refused outright. "How old is she?" I asked. "Eighth grade," she replied. I couldn't help but laugh. Heavens no she doesn't want that. That's punishment at that age.
A rule I employed each morning during our announcements was to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, have a thought for the day, and then state the Golden Rule, which has scriptural roots in Matthew 7.
I thought it was a good rule for application to any situation large or small. "Did you treat _______ as you wanted to be treated?" It even worked in staff situations as well since adults are not exempt from the "turnabout is fair play" mentality.
Matthew 7:12 - "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." Good reminder as our children start school at various levels or some in our lives go back to the school to teach and such.
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