On Christmas and dress codes

My letter on two issues is a little late. However, I did not want to write in haste and let emotions take control.

I am writing about my thoughts on a “Blue Christmas” and the school “dress code.”

I think blue is a great color, for the sky, the lake or ocean, a baby’s eyes or even a favorite suit. Blue is soft and subtle and peaceful to a lot of people. But a blue Christmas was not what I expected this year. While the death of my dad, my mother-in-law and an aunt made it a difficult season, I tried to have somewhat of a family Christmas.

The holidays were sad for my whole family as other families, I’m sure, have shared these emotions at Christmas or other holidays as well. I tried to force myself to get “in the spirit” for the children in the family. So, while out driving around looking at decorations, it was depressing when I found myself on Main Street in Campbellsville.

Always before I had been pleased to have a “down home country feeling” driving through town or especially through the park. This year it was a lonely, depressing, dark and unfriendly Main Street. The dim blue lights that wrapped the poles were hideous. I saw no joy or seasons greetings in this display.

While I was pleased to see a welcoming park display, it was sad to have to drive to Elizabethtown, Greensburg and Lebanon with my family to see a beautiful “reason for the season” display of light and warmth. While other towns are also struggling to hold on to their “Main Street Attraction,” Campbellsville was singing the blues for not only my family but many other friends and neighbors.

In closing, maybe next year we too as a town can “let our lights shine.”

As for the dress code for our local high school students, I think personally that the uniform policy is definitely a plus. Status symbols create a lot of conflict for families that struggle financially. A uniform would allow more focus on studies and not the latest fashion trend. Most kids grow physically each year and “new duds” are a must anyway. So, not having to have various designer jeans, fad T-shirts and expensive jackets should help the financially challenged.

Popcorn, peanuts and soda should not be our only concern at school for families and their children’s best interest. Many of us recall the day of girls being able to wear only skirts or dresses and boys having to wear shirt tails tucked in, belts and hair above the ears. Privileges are earned and abuse of these privileges such as taking them to the extreme by some, are what causes changes to be forced on all.

High school is an important event in most children’s lives. It prepares them for college, technical schools or the work place. Dress codes are enforced in health care professions and the military as well. Learning to conform and grow into responsible adults should be part of our children’s education at school as well as at home.

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