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But What If I Spray Painted the Playground with Spanish Words?

September 4, 2010 - Joselyn King


My recent time off led to a redecorating kick, frequent trips to The Highlands and some political observations on everyday society.

-- Observation one: While seeking out curtains at J.C. Penney, every fourth advertisement on the loud speaker -- they seemed to be on a continuous roll -- was one in Spanish language. (I'll admit it. No, I don't what the advertising message was. But then again it likely wasn't intended for me.)

It is one thing to see Spanish language instructions written on many things we buy, and even on signs in stores. But the broadcast variety of political correctness did seem a bit out of the ordinary.

Maybe bi-lingual communication is necessary in Los Angeles, Houston on New York City. But in Triadelphia, W.Va.? (I know. Maybe they're trying to reach the market of illegal immigrants likely to soon be stopped on Interstate 70.)

Then again, I guess if children can learn Spanish by watching Carmen Sandiego on television, maybe adults can learn while shopping. Just what are the Spanish words for "20 percent off today on Philosophy products at Sephora?"

-- Observation two: I became even more perplexed by an experience happening next at nearby Walmart. I had gone there to pick up a few cans of champagne-colored spray paint that matched that stripe in the new curtains, and would really look great on my dining chairs.

But while checking out with four cans of spray paint . . . I was carded. Apparently you now have to show identification at Walmart to buy spray paint. Yes, really.

-- Observation three: now back home in my neighborhood, and see that the children have returned to school. They're doing their time in the yard -- I mean. . .recess -- in the paved fenced in area next to the school.

I guess they did have some balls, but I couldn't help but feel bad for them. Today's students have no playground equipment to play on -- no swings, no monkey bars. I guess the sliding board of the past always was hot, but today they can be made from a less blistering plastic.

The students really should have something to help them blow off steam before they return to class. Isn't there a push to make children more active and healthy? So why take away their playground equipment?

Coincidently, the new curtains look great, and the spray painted chairs turned out wonderfully.

And I do hope the students have a happy and healthy school year.



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