A disclaimer here: This my personal opinion and web site. true or false, this is my view and how I feel. I am allowed to state my opinion as an individual. No names are mentioned so let’s keep it that way.
During my day I deal with several types of people. I deal with the folks at the place where I work. Honest, kind, hard working, and a joy to be around. When I wake up in a poor mood, they are there outside smoking and talking, and they change my entire day, always putting a smile on my face early in the morning.
Then I get on the computer and deal with Internet folks. For the most part they are full of intelligent discussion, ideas, jokes that are understood only by those of us who live in cyberspace so-to-speak. However there are those who are just punks out to get a rise. Inflammatory, insecure morons who will say or do anything for the virtual attention. They are what is known on the Internet as “Trolls”. There is a saying: ‘”Don’t feed the troll.”, meaning the best way to deal with these folks is just to ignore them and move on.
In real life, at home, home I deal with folks here in our small town. Again, a lot of hard working honest solid people. There are those that have lived here all their lives, several decades at least, that remember what this town was and how we were all polite and kind, aggression was not an issue. Then, there are the ‘elite’.
Mind you, they are only elite because they consider themselves above the rest. They exist all over our little town. Examples? The teacher who takes things from the lost & found to place in the front rows of the auditorium many hours in advance of a concert our children are in, then gets angry when parents move those articles so they can see their children. When asked why they think they can just take seats from parents eager to enjoy their children, the reply? A haughty “We are teachers.” As if that somehow made them so much more important and deserving of the seats. One teacher actually leaned to an 11 year and started whispering what a bad person his father was. Luckily this 11 year old is very respectful and politely moved away after informing her that she should not say those things.
How about that teacher that speeds through a school zone busy with children every school morning for the past two years? I guess that since she is a teacher she is too important to watch out for children or obey the speed limit? Either too self-absorbed or lacking in any common decency or sense.
Then there is a teacher so arrogant that 911 had to be called. Once the teacher realized that 911 had actually been called on him he backed off and made his own quick phone call concocting a story about an individual being rowdy to have him removed from the first game he had ever gone to, in front of his family. The officers who arrived were apologetic, but had to do their job even though they were well aware of what an arrogant poor excuse for a person the teacher was. Whenever his name is mentioned to anyone who knows him, the immediate response is “Oh yeah, he is such an ***hole”.
One has to wonder what impression these types of individuals are making on our children. Luckily my children have not had to interact with these folks on a daily basis yet. When they do, I can trust that my children will see past the arrogance and use them for the tools that they are(pun intended) to make a better future for themselves.
Now don’t get me wrong, as is said, there are bad apples in every bunch. We have one of the best school systems in the state. I am proud that my children have the opportunity to attend school here, they are getting an incredible education. I see a person every morning that I think is one of the best school Principles I have ever met, and is a decent individual on top of that. A good man. I trust his judgment when it comes to my kids. I personally have interacted with the teachers, counselors and Principles of my children here for almost 4 years, and found them to be humorous, kind, fair people that care about these kids enough to know every one of them by name without looking at a sheet of paper. Wonderful and amazing, I am lucky my children attend these schools.
Also, it is only a small sampling of the people in this town. My kids can still safely walk to school, although I worry about the aggressive, texting speeders who can’t seem to read the “school zone” signs or realize they are on a residential street. They can go to the park on their bicycles and I don’t worry too much. Trick-Or-Treat is coming and I know they are safe to walk around with their uncle while I hand out pound upon pound of candy. It is a beautiful town with many, many kind-hearted people. A good, safe place to raise children.
When we bought our home here, I had aspirations to be one of the ‘elite’. After careful consideration however, I would rather be one of the good folks at work, the folks that have been in town forever, and the older folks who still have common decency, humility and common sense. I pity the arrogant, bullying, self-centered aggressive people who rest on their laurels and have an overabundance of ego, the real life ‘trolls’.