Yesterday I was flipping through my Facebook home page and caught a post from a cousin of mine asking if Homecoming Royalty has passed it’s time and whether or not it’s fair to the non-popular kids. One of his options to keeping the tradition and making it fair to everyone would be to put all names in a hat and draw names and asking for peoples opinions.
All but one person who had answered his question stated they thought homecoming royalty had passed it’s time by 50 years, that it isn’t fair and homecoming should totally be gotten rid of, that homecoming itself had passed it’s prime. One person whom I don’t know but know the name as being from our school agreed with my thoughts. One. There were more than 20 people who had posted their opinion.
Seldom do I give my opinion on any Facebook HOT BUTTON type issue/social anything and I stay away from Twitter because my blood pressure would only go through the roof more than reading many posts of FB. Yesterday I dared to give my opinion in a way that was as non-blood pressure raising to those who think differently than myself.
Homecoming isn’t forced on anyone, those who wish to participate can do so and those who don’t wish to can stay home and let everyone else in the community enjoy themselves. When I was a senior in 1990/91, I remember homecoming week as a time of unity (my graduating class was around 45) and bonding. I belonged to neither the popular group, athletic group or any of the other groups in our school, I went to school and did what I had to do and went home. I got along with almost everyone in the school but it wasn’t my thing. At the end of the day I didn’t socialize with school people, had other interests. With that being said, homecoming week was so different. Everyone was ONE, we were the Wildcats, we were proud of our school. Guessing things haven’t changed that much, why take that away from those who so enjoy homecoming week and all that comes with it.
The gal that agreed with me stated that my drawing names out of a hat for homecoming court would be the same as everyone getting a participation trophy, absolutely 100% agree. She said that her daughter hadn’t been chosen for the court and even though her daughter runs in the popular crowd, it was no biggie. Her daughter was happy for those who were chosen and was planning on enjoying next week. Why can’t we all think that way?
My niece was chosen for court (above as our county fair queen) and we are proud of her, she’s been super involved in school and out of school activities and is kind and giving. If CR hadn’t have been chosen we still would have been happy for everyone who had made court.
I feel that in this day and age there is too much super-sensitivity going on. As the other mother also stated, if these kids don’t learn in school how to deal with being chosen or not being chosen for things they want, how are they going to be as adults when things don’t go their way? Spot on! Kids need to toughen up and the older generations who have gotten soft also need to toughen up. This world is a mighty tough place…taking offense to everything doesn’t get us too far in life.
Let kids be kids and enjoy something as simple as homecoming week during their youth. Adulthood comes too soon in life, let the kids enjoy their youth for the short time they have it.