Hey, DALLAS METROPLEX,
Third Season on "Big Sally" the Shop Bus.
Note to parent: If you're scheduling for the 5:30 slot, you don't need the philosophical dissertation below. But, just in case you might be thinking about taking a Long Lunch . . .
My wife and I raised four boys and three girls. I am a retired high school teacher. Those experiences are graven in my heart. I rabidly believe kids don't get enough play time, time working with their hands and eyes to put physical wings to their imaginations . . . for that matter, neither do grown-ups. Everybody needs a mental health break once in a while. If you can spend it with your kids . . . it's just one of life's bonus payments. Can you miss half a day at work? Or rework your schedule? Will you be a hero in your kid's eyes if you pull him out of half a day of classes? That's a rhetorical question, by the way. You know, and I know, that the biggest lessons most frequently come outside the classroom. Professionally, teachers call it "enrichment." And they do it with their own children - when they do it with their students . . . that's called a "field trip." So think about scheduling "family counseling" or other code phrase of your choice to spend some enriched-high-quality time with your kid, and come build a car with him. You'll both remember it for years and years . . . that's a guarantee.
Yes; absolutely; bring your lunch.
So . . .
Option 1: Reserve the whole Shop Bus for your Group at Your Place. "The wheels on the Bus go 'round and 'round," and wind up at your regular meeting place. Everybody knows where it is; it's close to the house. The reservation-at-your-place fee does have a fuel surcharge, because "Big Sally's" a thirsty lady.
Option 2: Just bring your family to your Unit's regular Place. This includes the fuel surcharge, and Your Group needs to fill the bus.
Option 3: Bring your whole Group to Big Sally's "Designated Parking Spot" for the regular reservation fee. (No fuel surcharge.)
Option 4. Just sign up your own Family at Big Sally's "Designated Parking Spot." You'll meet new people, make new friends, and get what your high school Biology teacher called "hybrid vigor" in your mental processes.
Three fun hours with pretty-much happy people (there's always one or two bloodthirsty competitors in each group . . . we all know who you are . . .) and you walk off the Bus with a ready-to-race SPEED MACHINE and a grinning kid. Oh, and you're not frazzled, either
Make sure the Den Leader knows about these options . . . pester that one. It'll be so worth it.
Looking forward to see everyone this year.