After a year of being locked up, masked up, and hyped up, things are actually looking up. Since Spring Break, COVID cases have dropped precipitously in schools and across Oklahoma. People are starting to travel and go to places like the movies for the first time since this started.
If you have watched The Big Bang Theory, you may remember references to Occam’s Razor. “Razors” are just general rules or assumptions, and in a nutshell, Occam’s razor proposes that the simplest explanation or solution is often the most likely reality.
Third-graders wiggle. They fidget. They giggle and laugh for no apparent reason. Honestly, they are a little goofy. This time of year, however, they hit the bubbly for the first time, as they take their first standardized tests, and they seem to lose a bit of their own bubbliness.
We all exchanged puzzled looks after the headmaster closed the door and warned us to behave. After a long line of substitutes, our new teacher was scheduled to arrive, but no one had yet seen her. Nine-year-olds can only be good for so long, so chatter quickly filled the classroom as we prepared for our latest victim. Then the classroom door burst open with an ear-splitting warning: “Not a chirp, not a pip, not a peep!”
My generation reminisces about go-kart tracks, Putt-Putt and TG&Y, but our young parents will inevitably pine for another relic: Toys R Us. Big box stores have toys, but the journey through cosmetics, hardware, or housewares can ruin the joy.
Fall is refreshing, especially after a long, hot summer, and winter is somewhat soothing. Spring, however, is just plain exciting. As an Okie, I generally look forward to Valentine’s Day as the unofficial start of spring, so this February broke my heart just a little. Spring break, however, rarely disappoints.