This morning I woke up with a nasty cold. It was bound to happen, everyone in the house has been sick for days. But duty called, so off to work I went. When I got to the Staten Island Ferry I noticed an unusually large number of school-aged children. At first I thought it was a class trip, but then I realized that they were all wearing a similar uniform. Of course, today was the ticker tape parade for the Giants.
Don’t misunderstand, I support the team. If it were the Yankees I might just have been out there with them. It’s just that I was sick, and I was in no mood to hear a few hundred people screaming “LET’S GO GIANTS” in my ear for 30 minutes. The worst part was that since I was sick I came home early and had to ride the boat with more Giants fans on the way home.
What struck me the most was the number of parents who had kept their children out of school for the occasion. One guy even kept reminding his kid to “always remember this day.” I found that ironic, seeing as how “this day” is also Super Tuesday in what may be one of the most important elections in history.
Here’s a thought. Parents, if you’re going to keep your kids home for an important occasion, why not take them with you to vote? I do. Then they’ll have lots of days to always remember. Heck, you could do it every year. Sometimes you can even do it a few times a year.
The world has enough mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers, folks.