OPINION: Random rants, recollections from Tupelo and beyond

“The less I seek my source for some definitive, the closer I am to fine.”
– Emily Saliers

“Feed a cold; starve a fever”
– American proverb

I’ve been reminded this week that I am not a good patient. I do not like to be sick or have no energy or have fever that does not want to break.
I like my doctor and her staff, but I’d rather meet them all for lunch one day than have to keep visiting and calling until I am finally on the mend.
Feeling bad makes me cranky.
That said, this space today will be a short collection of rants and recollections from a fevered brain.
Has anyone ever answered the question, Why are television commercials so much louder than regular programming? Whatever the reason, it’s unnecessary and obnoxious. If it’s to make most watchers pay more attention, it isn’t working. I think most folks mute the TV during commercials.
I know I do.
And have you seen the ads for the new season’s offerings of reality TV?
With only a few exceptions, reality TV tends to gather a group of humanity in a designated space, have them get to know one another and then the backstabbing begins.
When I watch TV, I want to be entertained. I don’t want to feel worse about humanity.
Isn’t life real enough?
I was in a local store a week ago.
I soon realized I was in good company. There were tons of teachers milling about for supplies needed to start a new year of school.
One very young teacher came in and spoke to a friend standing in line whose arms were loaded with bulletin board paraphernalia.
“Is your room all ready?” the teacher in line asked the teacher who’d just dropped in to say hello.
She made a little face, like she’d suddenly smelled something very unpleasant. Then she answered.
“I haven’t gotten any motivational crap for my walls yet.”
Have mercy.
When I was a teacher just out of college, I spent lots of time every summer, planning bulletin boards. For me, trying to be creative in an artistic sort of way was not easy.
Still and yet, I considered it part of the process of teaching.
I also spent a good bit of my own cash on big colorful posters – of the motivational sort – for my walls.
I’m really not certain if my junior high and, later, high school students even noticed my efforts.
But I put them up as much for my own encouragement and motivation as theirs.
I hope that young teacher I overheard makes an attitude adjustment before her students pile into her classroom.
And I hope she has lined her walls with some brilliantly colored and highly motivational posters.
If nothing else, it will make her feel better on a frustrating day.

Contact Leslie Criss at leslie.criss@ djournal.com or (662) 678-1584.

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