51: Sunrise/Sunset: The sun comes up, the sun goes down. It goes round and round. Write something inspiring about the sunrise or sunset.https://thinkwritten.com/365-creative-writing-prompts/
Do I have to write something inspiring? Can’t I just write something inspired by the sunrise or sunset?
Not Inspired (or Inspiring)
Why is it, that instead of feeling inspired by today’s writing prompt, I feel annoyed? “[The sun] goes round and round.” No, it does not! The EARTH goes round and round! What are you, a flat-earther? Do you believe the solar system is geocentric??
Anyway. I’m going to use today’s prompt as a kick-off into a subject that is pressing on my mind right now.
At Sunset Last Night…
Our local school board had convened and was debating.
They were debating whether or not to go back on their plan to offer both hybrid and 100% distance learning for Fall 2020, and to offer only 100% distance.
The superintendent had come out with a recommendation to cancel the hybrid learning option and go to only 100% distance learning, despite pressure from the white house.
By Sunrise Today…
The school board had voted. For the school year starting in September, our kids will all be staying home.
As I wrote earlier this month, I had agonized over the choice between 100% distance and hybrid learning for our rising kindergartener.
Now, I’m just annoyed that they put me through that emotional upheaval, only to remove the options.
Through the Wringer
Did we all really have to ride that rollercoaster? Was that absolutely necessary? Did I have to spend those days anxiously doubting? Did I have to shed those tears?
Nope. Turns out I didn’t.
I’m not going to criticize the school board’s decision. The decision is what it is, and given the state of things, hardly surprising.
But I am ticked off that they didn’t just make this call earlier and spare us the headache and trouble.
No One Knows
And yes, I know, I know. No one really knows what’s going to happen. But numbers have been going back up for a while now, and health experts have been warning that we’re not even out of the first wave, much less into the second.
So yeah, this is probably the right call. But it could have been made much earlier and at much less anxiety to parents had everyone just agreed to trust public health experts in the first place.
That’s all I really have to say. Nothing new. Nothing inspiring. Just that at sunset last night, we thought things were going one way. By sunrise this morning, we learned they’re going another.
And I now have this song stuck in my head:
You’ll be singing it all day, too now. You’re welcome!