This Day In History, Words of the Day and Carpooling to High School

Monday, November 13, 2017

Do you enjoy carpooling the kids to high school?

One of the perks of being a parent is that you get to spend some time with your child and his friends. There is no school bus where we live so parents take turns to drive the kids to high school, which is about a mile away, but with the morning traffic, driving requires navigating through the various turns and streets to get to the school on time.

Most high school kids have a hectic after-school schedule which makes getting together for dinner not consistent. So the car becomes an extension of where conversations are made. It's surprising to learn that the kids look forward to the daily morning anecdotes, discussions and the words of the day.

Today's anecdote is about the date, November 13. 

November 13 is the 317th day of the year. There are 48 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56).

1927 – The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City.
1940 – Walt Disney's animated musical film Fantasia is first released, on the first night of a roadshow at New York's Broadway Theatre.
1956 – The Supreme Court of the United States declares Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
1964 - Pope Paul VI gives away the papal tiara to benefit the poor
1974 - Dodger Steve Garvey wins National League Most Valuable Player
1982 - Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC
1997 - "Lion King" opens at the New Amsterdan Theater in New York City
2012 - A total solar eclipse occurred in parts of Australia and South Pacific

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    1. I made my kids walk to high school. It was about a mile or so to school. It made them get up and be responsible for themselves. Responsible for their breakfast, getting their stuff and being on-time. I know that sounds mean but I figured that they needed to start learning it before they became adults. They hated it but now in their early 20's, they are more responsible then some of their old classmates.


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