My house is on the Vista Trail open space in Highlands Ranch, a few hundred yards east of the Platte River Academy on South Colorado Boulevard.
Last week there was a bag on my doorknob that contained a letter, a school calendar of events and a bag of microwave popcorn. My house is one of about a dozen houses that parents park in front of when dropping off or picking up their kids during the school year. The letter thanked us for being good neighbors. They are the good neighbors.
This morning, Aug. 5, 2021, there was a segment on the news that showed Douglas County parents screaming in a school board meeting over a mere suggestion that masks are recommended for the upcoming school year.
I immediately switched channels to a channel that showed a New Orleans doctor giving COVID-19/Delta stats for his city. Thirty percent of their hospitalized children are under 12 and some hospitalized teenagers required oxygen.
It has been about 75 years since my kids were in grade school and I will defer parenting to those parents screaming in the school board meeting, but, I have a 16-year-old great-granddaughter honor student who is fully vaccinated.
When I asked her why she volunteered, she replied “we (meaning her older sister and herself) don't want mom to get sick.”
Perhaps we are not giving our kids enough credit and should honestly ask ourselves, whose style is being crimped?