Your spring break assignment: Stay safe

Published 10:26am Monday, March 25, 2013

Next week is spring break for local students, teachers and other school employees. Technically when classes dismissed Friday, all of those folks were looking at nine days of freedom from jobs and studies.
I admit it, I’m jealous.
Less than three months ago they had a couple of weeks off for Christmas, and before that almost a week for Thanksgiving.
When classes resume, I’m sure everyone will be looking forward to their upcoming summer vacation.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge them for it – or at least not very much.
As a student I can remember enjoying all of those breaks in the school year.
But I honestly didn’t appreciate them nearly as much as I should have.
Same thing goes for naps in kindergarten and first grade. I wasn’t about to go to sleep – I could have missed something.
If I had only known. Someone should have explained to me that I really needed to make the most of nap time and days off from school.
They could have warned me that once I was a “grown-up” such then-common occurrences would become luxuries.
So, all of you who are out frolicking next week (as well as during any of the other aforementioned break times), spare a minute or two to send an uplifting thought toward your (almost) always-on-the-job local newspaper friends. We’ll be here plugging away.
But, much more importantly, be careful during spring break.
Drive safely, buckle up and don’t drink and drive. Use caution around the water whether it’s a lake, river or the Gulf. Wear a personal flotation device.
There are other safety-related issues to keep in mind as well – things like grilling safely and being careful with lawn equipment, etc.
You get the picture.
We want you to stay safe, whether you’re traveling or staying home for spring break.
That’s your only assignment for the next few days.
Until next week …

Peggy Blackburn is managing editor of The Wetumpka Her­ald and Elmore County Weekend. She can be reached at 334-567-7811. Her email address is

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