I grew up in a family that loves nicknames. In fact, I think my Dad is the king of nicknames. My sisters and I each have several. And the thing with my Dad is that most of them are almost nonsense words, so I’ll do my best at imagining how to spell them. I’m sure I’ll forget some, but here we go.
Jubie – this is what I called myself when I was little and couldn’t say Julie. It stuck.
Ju-hoo-bi-zo-di (my attempt at trying to spell this crazy word) – this is one of my Dad’s nicknames for me. I told you, he comes up with nonsense words.
Pout-stompy – another nickname from my Dad. I earned this one as a teenager. I had a tendency to pout, stomp, and slam doors when I was mad. (Another sister is cry-whiny).
Jules – My friends called me this is junior high and high school. Some of those friends still do.
Hoo-lee – This is what my middle sister, Lauren, calls me
Of course now I mostly just get called Mom
A little bit of current political talk. Nationally education is under a funding crises because the Federal Government is cutting the money that they give to schools. Here is Texas we are facing a huge budget deficit. The state is proposing to cut education by 10 billion dollars. Yes. Billion.
I live in and my children attend the Arlington Independent School District. We are anticipating that 48 million dollars will be cut from next years budget. They are proposing larger class sizes to reduce the number of teachers needed. They are considering closing two schools, a campus that serves special needs children and one of the junior highs.
But, as I was reading through the lists of proposed cuts, what made me cry was when I got to them wanting to cut arts programs. Specially considering getting rid of the 5th and 6th grade orchestra program. They have done tons of studies that show that arts programs encourage kids to do better in school. Not everyone is an athlete, and the kids in the arts programs need a place where they feel like they belong. I was one of the kids who needed orchestra in 5th and 6th grade. So when I read that they are thinking about cutting arts programs it makes me feel physically sick.
So what can those of us in Texas do? Visit the website Save Texas Schools. There they have links where you can find out who you can write to. There is also going to be a rally in Austin on March 12th. The louder are voices are, the more we can let the government know that education is important to us, the better. You can also find Save Texas Schools on Facebook and on Twitter.