COVID vaccines, red tide, killed fish: children’s summer vacations are varied



The piercing tinkling of electronic-toned school “bells” will ring next week as many of our little ones – and infants, older ones – return to the sacred halls of our educational institutions.

School begins August 10 in Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucia, Palm Beach and many other counties in Florida. It starts on August 11 in Martin, and even later for other neighborhoods.

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One of the first items on many student’s to-do lists will be that dreaded essay: “What I did on my summer vacation.”

In my effort to help our kids get through the next 10 months of school – as I try to do every year – I’ve designed this easy-to-complete, multiple-choice, Common Core approved BEST standards shortcut solution. .

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To get your “Easy A”, all you have to do is cut this column out of the paper, or print it out from one of our websites, fill in the blanks and return it. Or if you have a really progressive teacher, share on TikTok and you’ll get extra credit for dance moves.

Your name: _______________________

1. My summer vacation was _____

A: Far too brief. Two months? Ah good? Are you kidding me?

B: Hot enough to melt fishing lures in my dad’s SUV.

C: Completely, embarrassing chronicle, every moment, on my grandmother’s Facebook page.

2. My parents ____

A: Sent me to camp, but I got home early when a child in my cabin tested positive for COVID.

B: I wanted to go to the Tokyo Olympics without me, but I flew to Nassau for a cruise because no ship leaves Florida.

C: I took the zero-rated holiday to buy supplies for “Parents Day” the day I returned to school.

3. My favorite part of summer was ___

A: Play the “Delta Variant” video game until it becomes a reality.

B: Go on a sightseeing trip to see manatees near Merritt Island, except they weren’t swimming.

C: Sitting on the porch shooting mosquitoes with a Bug-A-Salt gun to prevent encephalitis in Zika and Saint-Louis.

4. The fishing this summer was great. I caught ___

A: My first sawfish and I released it.

B: Four blue marlins and released them.

C: A caecilian invading the Tamiami Canal, a salamander, and it tasted like chicken.

5. My family went to ____ for vacation. The coolest thing was ___

A: Milwaukee; Standing in the crowd of 100,000 outside the stadium when the Bucks won the NBA Championship.

B: Saint Petersburg; Wearing a face mask, not because of COVID, but because of the horrible smell of the red tide caused by the death of fish in Tampa Bay in July.

C: Yellowstone National Park: Watching Aunt Cathy get into trouble for getting too close to a grizzly bear.

6. The best thing I did with my little brother / sister was ___

A: Encourage him to “stroke” a southern astronomer (a strange local fish that emits an electric shock).

B: We produced a TikTok in which we re-enacted Steffen Peters from the US Olympic team and his horse Suppenkanser in the internet-busting equestrian dance event.

C: Encourage him to “stroke” a “sleeping” nurse shark.

7. My family participated in several meaningful civic activities this summer. I’ll never forget ___

A: Emailing the Army Corps of Engineers our family’s opinion on LOSOM, the new Lake Okeechobee System Operations Manual.

B: Attend a press conference by Governor Ron DeSantis announcing his policy of denying counties and school districts to adopt mask mandates.

C: Enrollment in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study on the long-term effects of exposure to toxic algae (cyanobacteria) in Lake Okeechobee.

8. I surprised myself this summer by ___

A: Watch over 12 hours in total of handball, table tennis, and team synchronized swimming at the Olympics.

B: Sort my sock drawer alphabetically.

C: Sleep until 3 p.m. every day.

9. The best lesson I learned this summer was ___

A: A nurse shark that appears to “sleep” is not.

B: It is much easier to harvest a python while crossing a gravel road at night than it is to harvest it from a mangrove forest deep in the Everglades.

C: I can earn more unemployment than I can actually work.

D: If you are near salt water, there is probably a shark nearby; If you are near fresh water, there is probably an alligator nearby; If you are near brackish rivers, you are near both; If you are near Florida Bay, add a crocodile.

10. If I had what I wanted, my summer vacation would be ___

A: Lasts forever (or at least more than eight weeks).

B: Be paid work.

C: I didn’t end up writing an essay about it.

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