This winter I received lots of social media feedback from some young men at Worthington Kilbourne High School about the fact that we had not had any “snow days.” These young men seemed to think that anytime the temperature dropped below forty degrees it may be cause for a day off school and they didn’t hesitate to share their thoughts with me.
I went to high school in the late 80’s and so I relate much of life to the lyrics from songs performed by the immortal hairbands of my era. Even though we’re only a few days into our extended closure I can hear the screeching voices of Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham, Jeff LaBar and Fred Coury, the members of the band Cinderella as they sing “Don’t know what you got till it’s gone…don’t know what you got till it’s gone, gone, gone…
I’ve talked with ten different Worthington kids over the past three days and all of them said the same thing, “I wish we were back in school.” Many of them admitted that a week or two ago they thought they wanted to be off school but now that they actually can’t be back it stinks. They miss their friends, their sports, their teachers. They miss small things like sitting in the library and talking at their table while they try to sneak food when Mrs. Poleway isn’t looking. They miss big things like their baseball games and their winter percussion. They miss being in school.
As an adult, I can relate. By the end of last week I was emotionally and physically exhausted. My calendar was jammed packed from morning until night and I was dreaming of a break. All of a sudden my calendar is clear and I’m not sure what to do with myself. I’m already wishing for the action, the problems to solve, and the meetings to attend.
I believe we can relate most of life to an 80’s hairband song and today many of us can relate to Cinderella’s song. You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.
-Trent Bowers, Superintendent