Maybe I'm the Nerd

My granddaughters’ school participates in this drug prevention program every year called “Red Ribbon Week”.  I certainly have no problem with this and think any lesson learned about the consequences of drugs is great, whether it be taught at school or home.  But they have character dress up day each day and I just can’t figure out the correlation between dressing up as someone and drugs.  What is the point?  Is it just for fun or is there a lesson in it somewhere?  Maybe the point is western people don’t do drugs and whacky dressed people don’t do drugs and so on...maybe?  Okay, so I guess it’s all for fun then.

Today is nerd day.  Last night my six year old granddaughters asked me what a nerd was.  I told them in children’s lingo “it’s someone who is really, really, really smart and studies all the time and may not be very cute and is pretty much a bookworm”.  What?  Did I just tell them that smart people are someone you can make fun of and if you are smart people call you a derogatory name?  Something just wasn’t right about that.  Maybe I’ve had the definition of nerd wrong all these years.  When I got home I looked up the definition to affirm or hopefully negate my thinking. 
Nerd:  1.  offensive term: an offensive term that deliberately insults somebody's physical appearance or social skills

2.  single-minded enthusiast: somebody who is considered to be excessively interested in a subject or activity that is regarded as too technical or scientific
The first word I see, offensive.  And then, single minded.  Yes, why would we pick on someone for loving to learn or how they look or their hobbies?  Isn’t this a form of bullying?  Is it okay to be a bully as long as you don’t do drugs? 

I’m not sure who comes up with the character days, if it’s within the school or if they are following the national program, but maybe they should rethink “nerd” day.
My granddaughters didn’t dress up today.  Not for this reason but another.  I’m kind of glad though.

Do I have a point here or am I being too pc about this?


Monday Night Football

I don’t want to get hung up on football stories but here are a few thoughts and observations from Monday night’s game:

Saints vs Dolphins
It was pretty cool seeing Steve Young and Ray Lewis at the ESPN booth.

I always LOVE seeing Steve Gleason at the game.  Mr. Benson made an appearance on the sideline before the game.
Burnell Taylor did an excellent job singing the national anthem.

The crowd was extremely loud.  We didn’t want to walk out of there being the 3 and 1 team.  And we didn’t.
We had Deuce McAllister sitting in the box next to us and one box down was Willie Robertson and some guy named Kenny Chesney.  They tell me he’s a country music singer.  I don’t do country music.

BEST. HALFTIME. SHOW. EVER.  Southern University knows HOW to put on a show.
Brees broke some records.  I like what I see in Khiry Robinson and Kenny Stills.  Stills has the coolest hair.  Greer had an excellent game.  Our defense held up even without Vilma and Harper.  I’m beginning to like Rob Ryan.  Sorta.  Sproles is a 5’ 6” piece of dynamite. 

My favorite part of the game is watching players from BOTH teams, those that chose to do so, gather at midfield after the game and have prayer. 
4 and 0.  Sounds good.  Sounds really good.

I don’t do too well on three and a half hours of sleep.