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9/11

9/11

1 down, a lot more to go

Well, the first week of school is done and it wasn’t all that bad. My homie, Andrew, is in my class and at my table so that is great. There are also a few more kids from my old class that are in there this year so I have a little comfort in that, but what’s best so far is my teacher – she is so nice. 

The first week was pretty much focusing on getting everyone back in the swing of things as far as routine – that also goes for the parents. The first day of school, my folks were so excited and ready to walk me to class and take all kinds of pictures, but when we got there all the kids were already in their seat and no parents were in the class so I quickly walked to my seat and tried not to acknowledge my parents. I mean, I didn’t want to be the kid who brought his parents to school. I was fine with the abrupt goodbye, but my parents looked like I kicked their puppy or something. They left the class with their heads down and bottom lip sticking out and dragged their feet all the way down the hall. Now, three days in, my folks were dragging by day three and so looking forward to the long weekend. 

One funny thing about my classmates is there is another Parker in the class. This could lead to some confusion, but so far the teachers are managing – my gym teacher, for instance, calls the other one “Parker 1” and me “Parker 2”. I’m not sure I like that naming order so I’m going to have to do my best to make sure I’m seen as “Parker 1” instead of 2. 

Anyway, I’m sure 1st grade is going to be great so stay tuned to see what comes along. 

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Looking good for school…

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My classroom

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Flag raising ceromony

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30-Day Notice

So today is 7/11 which means two things: you can get a free Slurpee at any of your local 7-11 convenience stores and you have 30 days to find just the right gift for my birthday….although July has 31 days which means it may actually be 31 days, but if you’re in the eastern time zone then….oh you get the picture.

So when you’re done going on an all-day Slurpee bender complete with brain freezes, you can go online to see my birthday “wish list” from Toys-R-Us. Yep, I made it easy on you. Don’t worry about saying thank you – just show me your appreciation by getting a bigger present for me. 

 

Clouds

Daddy came across a story on Zach Sobiech. He was 17-years old at the time and had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that mostly strikes children. While the prognosis was grim, daddy was moved by his seemingly peaceful outlook on his short future. He had chosen to spend the remaining bit of his life making a difference to his family and friends and trying to raise funds to fight the disease that was taking his life. The result was him creating a song that summed up his thoughts and feelings about his fate that went to #1 on iTunes and inspired many celebrities to “sing” his song as a tribute to him and to help awareness for his cause (video below) – Clouds. Zach passed away on May 20th, but his video and his cause continue to be viewed by many – what a great way to say goodbye.

And we’ll go up, up, up

But I’ll fly a little higher

We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer

 

Give me my shoes

My daddy is always referencing the old adage, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” I’m sure I’ll grasp the whole concept one day, but right now I think the kid in the link below needs to get a grasp of the message – I’m with you brother – gimme some Nike Free Runs or Adidas like Run DMC.

http://reasonsmysoniscrying.tumblr.com/

I washed the dirt and sand off his pear.

Crossing the picket line

My daddy isn’t particularly political in the sense he doesn’t attend conventions or fundraisers for any particular political party, but he is strong in his beliefs. One of those beliefs is his stand against Chick-Fil-A for their view on gay marriage. He knows everyone is allowed their opinion and he appreciates that liberty, but he also appreciates his right to patronage any business he chooses for whatever reason. Without getting too political in this post, he has been boycotting Chick-Fil-A since all the hoopla broke about their CEO saying marriage was between man and woman, essentially saying gay marriage was wrong – otherwise, why state what is already legally in place?

Well, my school partners with certain restaurants/fast-food places where we send all of our students’ families there to eat and my school gets a certain amount of the proceeds. It just so happens that the other day the partner was the dreaded Chick-Fil-A. My mommy was working and I really wanted to go to see if any of my classmates were there so that left daddy and his principles. He stayed silent hoping I wouldn’t mention it again, but I wanted to go. Daddy finally said that he would take me because me wanting to socialize and see kids in my class and build relationships was so important that he  was willing to put his own beliefs on hold  in order to not stunt my social development.

So off to Chick-Fil-A we went….I didn’t see anyone I knew, but I sure did love the grilled chick nuggets. That was one of my daddy’s biggest fears – I would like something there and since I am so picky when it comes to food, I would want to add that to the rotation. I do like it a lot so daddy may have some figuring out to do.

 

 

Excerpts from the referenced article above….

CEO Dan Cathy:”I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.”

 Its charitable arm, WinShape, gave nearly $2 million to groups opposing gay marriage in 2010. The owning family, the Cathy’s, also contribute heavily to fellow conservatives. The Cathy’s have contributed more than $81,000 to state and federal politicians since 1990, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and National Institute on Money in State Politics. All but $3,250 of those contributions went to Republicans, all of whom held anti-gay marriage views.

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