Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. Locura

    Locura said, over 3 years ago

    The DIFFERENCE is YOU get summer break.

  2. Dr Fogg

    Dr Fogg said, over 3 years ago

    I came close to taking one on Friday. With the sequester looming, I’ll be taking one every Monday…

    WITHOUT PAY!!! :-c

  3. frightenup

    frightenup said, over 3 years ago

    In my county, we’re slowly easing towards shorter summers and more breaks throughout the year. The traditionalists whine, but it’s good for everyone. We have had plenty of time for a long trip this summer, my kids will go to camp, and they’ve also sat around at home. Another month of this, and my kids will be happy to go back to school. Plus we have an extra break in Oct and Feb now.

  4. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, over 3 years ago

    Feelin’ a bit ill. Gonna go see Dr. Green

  5. hltrim52

    hltrim52 said, over 3 years ago

    He’ll just leave it piled up on her desk.

  6. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 3 years ago

    It actually wasn’t a very good example to set. Now when Holly wants to skip school she can tell Val, “Well you did it!”

  7. Elsie Ross

    Elsie Ross said, over 3 years ago

    a sneaked day is better than a real day off!!!!

  8. DAZZ

    DAZZ said, over 3 years ago

    It’s better to schedule vacation days (so you don’t get in trouble) but MY work was always waiting for me when I returned. Back in Chicago, I’d like to take some days off if the weather got unexpectedly nice (to do tasks around the house AND a little relaxing). Here, the weather is always sunny and predictable.

  9. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, over 3 years ago


    The traditional vacation is far better. Generations have grown up with it and received fine educations nonetheless. If there’s any problem with children learning today, the fault does not lie with the traditional summer vacation.

  10. georgiiii

    georgiiii said, over 3 years ago

    Traditional long Summer vacation was intended to free up the kids to help on the farm. It wasn’t really vacation. Obviously not many farm kids any more. A lot of school systems are getting away from that and going to shorter breaks spaced through the year.

  11. Unca Jim

    Unca Jim said, over 3 years ago

    Georgiii: you stole my thunder.. As an ex-farm kid, (VT) it only seemed reasonable for a 2-month break for kids to ‘tote that barge, lift that bale’ and do some swimmin’ in the crick, but as you say, we’re becoming more and more urbanized these days, so what’s the use? I pity the kids here in FL..
    School’s out 1st week of May and back to the grind in AUGUST !!

  12. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 3 years ago

    @Unca Jim

    At least they have A/C in the schools now, I believe. When I was a kid in Florida, they didn’t! School started in September, but that was the worst month of the year – the sun bore down on you at a really mean angle, and we’d already had summer forever.

  13. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, over 3 years ago

    I see now.

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago

    In my neighborhood the kids were too poor to go on vacation, but they didn’t need to work. They all spent the summer in the basement watching television. If their mother liked them, they used the good television in the living room. Some even had air conditioning, and all were well fed. I used to envy them, but now I wonder if all that television viewing was good for them. In some cases it worked out fine. Some of the guys watching cop shows later became cops.

  15. route66paul

    route66paul said, over 3 years ago

    Children don’t learn when it is too hot, just like productivity rose in the South after air conditioning was introduced. Maybe, this doesn’t matter, but this gives the imported schoolmarm time to go home for a visit and also allows for construction and rehab for the school buildings. Doing heavy construction while school is in session would be a nightmare.

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