With only nine days remaining until school starts in Columbus, it's time for all parents of school-aged children to shake our heads in disbelief and accidentally quote a poet who's been dead for more than 2,000 years.
That's Virgil (70 B.C. to 19 B.C.) who may have been the first person to say, "Time flies!" Actually, he wrote, "Time is flying, never to return!" but in Latin.
Rub it in, will you?
In our house, the person least happy about this swift passing of time is Bess. As you can probably guess, she was the kind of child who finished her summer reading in June.
I was the kid who finished my summer reading -- or at least the essay about the summer reading -- in the car on the way to the first day of school.
My three teenage sons are chips off the old block -- or blockhead -- and Bess has once again made it her personal mission to reform us all, which grows more urgent with each passing day.
It's too late. My boys have already learned that procrastination is a powerful tool. For example, this summer they've exercised regularly, volunteered with various ministries, taken interesting trips, finished projects around the house, and even read books not on the summer reading list.
My oldest son, a poster boy for procrastination, got a job that actually pays money, rebuilt a wrecked Jeep that he bought for a dollar, and researched all the majors at the out-of-state schools he'd like to attend that are not offered at Georgia universities.
All to avoid starting their summer reading. Thanks, summer reading!
Until school starts, we can just enjoy following the Muscogee County School Board.
Last month, board member Frank Myers wrote Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens a letter outlining why he believes the board violated the Open Meetings Act during a June 15 closed session.
Assistant Attorney General Amanda Jones responded last week. Myers read her letter and said it confirmed that the closed meeting was indeed invalid. Greg Ellington, the board attorney, read the same letter and said it confirmed that the closed session was appropriate.
When L-E reporter Mark Rice reached out to the attorney general's office to find out who had won, Daryl Robinson, the attorney general's council, left him this voice mail: "The purpose of the letter, as often is the case in these matters, is instructive and prophylactic for the future to try to give a little guidance, should the situation arise again."
"Prophylactic for the Future"? Sounds like the sequel to the R.E.M. album "Automatic for the People."
And who won? Nobody. Or everybody, which is the same as nobody.
We want a winner and a loser!
Thank goodness football season is right around the corner.
Dimon Kendrick-Holmes, executive editor, email@example.com.