Take Care of Yourselves and Happy Memorial Day Weekend


Happy Friday, All!

I still do it … every chance I get … T.G.I.F.!  Thank God for everyday!!

Have you ever noticed how quickly things change?  We take our lives for granted … our health … our body parts … and each other!  Now, I have been guilty of these things in my life, and, as I get older, I find more things that I may have neglected with my health.  For example, I am having issues with hip discomfort and walking is a challenge sometimes.  I was prescribed an anti-inflammatory combined with a pain reliever.  My primary doctor gave me a referral to see an orthopedic surgeon who took x-rays and informed me that I had “bone on bone” in both hips!!  I was joking with a college friend on social media telling him that I had so much fun playing kickball, running track, playing football and basketball.  Yet, now, I am experiencing repercussions for all of that fun!  Diagnosis was: both hips need to be replaced!  Geesh!

Well, it is Memorial Day Weekend here in the good ole USA.  I have many many friends who served in the armed forces, both male and female, from all walks of life and of all ethnic groups!  This is one of the beauties of America … land of the free, home of the brave.  In spite of so much division that goes on in our society, biases and prejudices, shucks … even injustices, I want to take a moment on behalf of Educational Excellence to wish members of our armed forces a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  I also want to thank them, both living and deceased, for making America a place where I could grow up in relative safety, peace and democracy.  Yes, I know that we have our shortcomings as a nation, some shortcomings are more serious than others.  Yet, I am grateful for those who served and are serving in our armed forces to keep us safe and able to enjoy the freedoms that we have like cook outs and barbecues, beaches and amusement parks … even safe roads to travel on each day!  The roads will be full this Memorial Day Weekend.  So, stay cool, look out for each other and enjoy another opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge our armed forces.  A special shout out to my former coach, and current friend who has shared many stories of his time serving this country during World War II, Mr. Maurice Blake!  thank you, Sir!


John I. Cook, Director

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