School is out for the summer and the neighborhood is very quiet. We don't have students meandering around the neighborhood instead of spending their after school time at the library up the street like their parents think that they are doing. Peace abounds, at least for now.
A few days ago a sign was put up on the street near the library giving a phone number to call to report truancy issues. I had to laugh. School is out and they are just now putting up the sign. I guess they are trying to get a head start for next school year. Fortunately for the most part the students, who skip school from the middle school a block away and the high school about six blocks away, don't actually spend a lot of "school time" around here. They go to the shopping centers that are within walking distance. I guess they are from eight to ten blocks away depending on how you go. Actually since the truant folks try to avoid the main roads it is a little farther for them to walk to the shopping centers because they take back streets to get to them. Anyway, it cracks me up that they are just now getting the truant sign posted especially since I have seen fewer truants in the past several years than I did even a decade ago. I guess the school district finally decided that it was time to do something about the truancy issue. Better late than never I suppose.