Back to fool time? Shoot.
August: a typical end of summer rush.
People are gunning for it this year, though.
Irritated drivers around the mall.
(Hey – YOU do time in a car with some sullen kids whose “must have” fall wardrobes far exceeds budget and practicality…
Hazardous…mentally and physically)
And all those merchants screaming: “Spend your money with us” everywhere you turn.
Only this year, it’s different.
Among the ads for back to school supplies, back to school fashions, back to school shoes is a jarring back to school newcomer.
Brightly colored -
Featuring stars and that patriotic red, white, and blue.
Go Olympic teams? Uh, no.
Oh, yes – bold banner lettering ” Celebrating the right to bear arms.” What?
Yeah, you need strong arms to get through all that back to school shopping.
Considered that a necessity – not a right.
And then the punch - like punch to the stomach – “Instant savings on guns.”
“First time ever.”
Yes, it is.
“Offer valid on in-stock guns only”
That’s a comfort, I guess.
When they are gone, they are gone. Hurry in!
Load up on those Christmas gift items early?
And these fall seasonal offerings from multiple merchants.
Look, I don’t want to get into guns and 2nd amendment.
And I am well aware that hunting seasons are approaching.
But no matter how you feel, you can’t help but be rattled by glossy flyers of happy kids getting ready for school mixed in with flyers picturing guns and ammunition.
Especially when a couple of hunters have commented some of these ads – with fancy logos – would appeal to those not really trained or interested in good performance and proper gun use.
Especially when some kids are having trouble feeling safe right now.
Seriously, it’s all about timing.
Innocence has taken a big hit.
Couldn’t there be a short period when we could all at least pretend?
Just a little time where we could try create enthusiasm and excitement for the new school year?
Instead of fueling a shadow of anxiety and fear of public places?
Happy kids. The smell of new crayons. Shoes that pinch.
Looking forward to a new school year.
Simple normal things.
A peaceful image.
Load and lock those backpacks,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge