Energy credits

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Drove Ruby, my seven-year-old granddaughter to Happy Hollow School this morning to save her time on a long bus ride. Had to enter the school through the office, get a visitor pass, and then accompany Ruby to the gym, where the kids all gather before the school day.

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A furious spectacle like this is not what an old guy is used to seeing early in the morning. (Photo credit: Bring It On Sports.)

Well, they don’t just gather, they expend energy. While most of the kids were knotted around the gym floor, in class groups, there were seven or eight lines of kids at the far end of the gym. A teacher or gym coach whistled and seven, eight kids thundered furiously down the length of the gym and then back again. I was dumbfounded, thunderstruck — standing there gape-mouthed, no doubt, at the spectacle of so much energy so early in the day (it was about 7:30 am). Then I started to laugh, and laugh, and laugh. I kissed Ruby goodby, she trundled over to her classmates, blonde hair swinging, backpack too, and her crazy grandfather stood there on the sideline, distinctly out of the game, and roared with laughter. The kids must’ve thought I’d lost my mind.

If these kids, who have so much energy, excess energy, obscene energy, could only siphon some off for their elders! We could pay them, couldn’t we? Outright bribe them and, vampire-like, suck some elan vital. Or have them trade their energy for a consideration — say an extra TV  show, or a bowl of ice cream, or quality time with Mom and Dad at the venue of their choice.

I’m prepared to do a little gym work, say at 2 pm or so, a few times a week (I do go to a seniors’ gym), and to bike a couple of times per week — activities I enjoy — but early-morning track or fisticuffs, no way!

2 thoughts on “Energy credits

  1. Mid-afternoon is a fine time of day, but maybe we can promote legislation to cap and trade a different type of energy credits, a sharing process to promote global warming among humanity that would be good for the world.

    1. Absolutely. Let’s cap and trade the climate deniers, too, Jon: we can send them to Siberia, perhaps, where Putin would given them shelter in the desertified wastes. Here in Arkansas, my fellow citizens drive big vehicles, enjoy the day, and have not too many thoughts for tomorrow. But this is a common problem. Let’s see what happens with all the states that are suing the Obama Administration and the EPA for new power plant emission guidelines.

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