We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls. --Mother Teresa
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I received an email earlier this week with the following subject:
Vending Machines are Going Away
Really? Seriously? Oh my. Read on.....
"At its May 12, 2010 meeting, KSBE adopted a policy that requires all accredited K-12 schools in Kansas to implement the Advanced level of the Kansas School Wellness Policy Model Guidelines for foods and beverages sold in vending machines by August 2010.
The sale of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value is not allowed on school property in elementary and middle schools until after the end of the school day."
It goes on to say that our vending machines will be removed by the end of the summer.
I laughed out loud. Are you kidding me?
I am convinced that I am alive today because my teachers were allowed to have caffeinated beverages. I had a couple of teachers that drank coffee all day. In fact, anyone who spent 5th grade with me is alive today because the teacher--I may have mentioned her--she's the one with the pointiest boobs I have ever seen--drank an ice cold Pepsi in a glass bottle EVERY day after recess. Her boobs might have been pointy but she knew what she was doing.
This is the stuff they leave out of teacher school. No foods of minimal nutritional value, a ream of paper a month that you must check out of the office and carry to the copy machine, and plan your trips to the bathroom accordingly.
This cannot be good. Our vending machines aren't available to our elementary kids. They are available to our elementary TEACHERS. People who occasionally need some sort of food of minimal nutritional value in order to continue the day. I am certain that there have been days when a candy bar and a diet Coke have saved the lives of those shorter than me. That's pretty much everybody because I am 5'11.
I am a grown up for heaven's sake. I can choose food of minimal nutritional value if I want to choose food of minimal nutritional value.
Surely there is more to the story than this email belies. Surely they do not mean to take the vending machines from the teacher's lounge that children do not have access to purchasing items from AT any time of the day. Surely this is a bad dream.
But I betcha it's not. I'm getting a Snickers while I can. And don't even get me started on the copy machine. Just sayin'.