For one, if anyone is wondering where the tail end of the title comes from, that was mentioned in ‘A Christmas Story’, the movie inspired by the stories of one of my favorite writers, as well as radio hosts, Jean Shepherd. at the time, what he was talking about, tongue in cheek…was how children saw the end of the year…toys…food….toys…food…school vacation time….you get the idea. But for me, this time of year means I am busy due to school.
As I mention to **** every other letter or so, as well as what Rae and Marty witness is that this time of year…til roughly about early spring, I am busy tutoring. At all hours, after the food runs and well into the very early morning. English, Math, Science, History, yep those are all on the boards. What is such a charge is that what I do in those sessions, with folks in the US and overseas is that this is what I normally do for the kitties. Before anyone thinks that is a tad strange, this has to do with, as was previously mentioned….the cats being treated like they are human kids. So they get the discussions, the lectures, the arms being used to illustrate examples of what is going on. Be it school subjects or even what is on the news. Recent events making those chats, at times some what difficult, but needed. The hope here is that other parents do the same because, being honest about what is out there does help.
Which is one of the other reasons why this type of teaching is such a joy. One can be honest about the subject, the event, the history of same and not be at the mercy or the behest of the unions or boards etc. Not that there is anything wrong with what those folks do, let’s get that one straight. HOWEVER….there are more cases these days, when the overall atmosphere is less in some places ….about education and more about some twisted forms of political correctness or even corporate agendas. This type of attitude may serve a purpose at the upper end of education, such as the college/university which is perfectly fine. But when we are dealing with minds that are still in the process of dealing with little bits of life, step by step…from this desk…this is the genesis of a recipe for a disaster. And having been through some of those in the 70’s, I have no intention of visiting that on others, who deserve better. They get better from here each time there is a session….and that is sure as heck is not going to change.
Before closing this one out, this will be the first Thanksgiving for Marty II with Rae and I. So far since she came into our lives, she has taken to the fall [and sometimes midweek versions] of the ritual. Which means, while Rae is a Kansas City Chiefs fan, Marty is taking to the San Diego Chargers. This has and is a major blessing to see….and I have a feeling when she sees that we are going to put the diet aside for one day, she will flip even more. Rae has not missed a beat in this either and when either of the kitty’s teams win, there is organic canip that abounds. If they lose, same thing, if only due to the fact that this is a safe way to console, sans putting on some Pink Floyd :) [And as usual, I did extend an invite to that one person to make it over this way to share in foot, football and the company that does exist here. Maybe one day the RSVP will be there. After all, Rae has her list of humans she wants to keep her mom company and this one party is at the top of the list].
We have reached the denoument of this post. There should be another couple in December after the ‘oilchanges’ that are due then. Hence….until those dispatches….from the land of the Colourtini..enjoy the words as the pics fly through the air.