I’m amazed to discover that as I age, my ability to focus on more than one thing at a time is diminishing. I used to be able to multi-task rather well a few years ago, but I’m finding that I have to be careful to finish one task before I begin another or the first one gets forgotten… and probably the second one, too, if something else occurs to me that needs doing. If I’m folding a load of laundry as it is taken from the dryer, and suddenly stop with the intention of getting right back to it—for just a few seconds—in order to take mail out to the mailbox, I frequently find the unfolded laundry waiting for me at bedtime. Inevitably, while taking the mail out to the mailbox, I see some weeds in the flower bed that need to be pulled and then notice that I really need to lay down some more of the landscape fabric that I started yesterday before it begins to rain. Then, of course, as I hobble into the house with my back screaming in pain for the abuse I’ve given it by bending over for too long, I head for my recliner to give it some much-needed rest. The mail got mailed, a few weeds got pulled and another strip of landscape fabric got laid, but distractions have become my enemy these days.
It’s the same with my writing. I try to immerse myself in what needs to be done, but first there is the email to answer and, of course, then I need to check the Facebook postings to see what our little great-grands have been doing, and then discover that something inappropriate has been posted to the Lorane page, so, if I’m the first of our administrators to notice it, I usually opt to deal with it. Hey! It’s better than being bored!
Thanks to my good friend, Lil Thompson, who provided me with some important dates she harvested from the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District office. I’d like to include them here for those of you who are parents and patrons of the school district.
• The Crow Middle/High School Band Concert will be held on Thursday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m., and “The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza,” the school’s final drama production of the year, takes place the following night on Friday, June 3, at 7:00 p.m. The Drama class is in desperate need of sheets for this Greek Mythology production and will gladly accept donations from the community. Any sheets will work and they can be left the front office.
• The Applegate Elementary Spring Concert is being held on June 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Applegate gym.
• Graduation for our Crow High School Seniors will be on Friday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
• Then, 8th Grade Recognition is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Crow Middle/High School gym.
• Kindergarten graduation also takes place on Tuesday afternoon, June 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the Applegate Elementary School gym
• Finally, the all-day Applegate Elementary School Field Day is scheduled for June 15.
Our nation is grieving over the latest tragedy that took place in an elementary school in Texas this week. Each of us shares in the horror of these violent and tragic school shootings, and wonder, “Why?” Why is innocence being made a target by so many broken individuals? I have my own opinions and could write another column on them, but I won’t. It has become a political issue that needs to be resolved NOW. Our focus must be on these young lives that have been lost… and will continue to be lost… if nothing is done.
Crow Middle/High School principal, Kevin Rodemack, issued this statement in “The Buzz” the school’s newsletter, on May 25, 2022:
“I wanted to state how much our thoughts/prayers go out to the families and victims of the horrific school shooting that happened in Texas. We held a moment of silence this morning and spoke to the students about the importance of speaking out if they hear anything, and how important being kind to one another every day (is). We hold drills yearly for students about these situations and use those drills to try to educate.”
God bless these young children and their teachers in Uvalde, Texas, who are the latest victims. God Bless their parents, their loved ones, their community. God Bless us all.