Thanksgiving break: time for family, friends, and spotting the “unusual” – SCN Encourager

Despite more blessings than we can count, it’s often those “strange sightings” while out and about that draw our attention.

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I wonder what images they’d spot to “shoot and share” if they wandered our schools.

Maybe they already do… and I’m not noticing.

But I believe that mall managers and store owners aren’t the only ones who should make it a practice to proofread signs and note where they’re posted.

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The shopper who posted this photo thought this was a gigantic boo-boo.

I’m not so speedy-kwik to judge, though.

I think the sign’s attempt at humor is a clue that one of us – a real-world school communicator – was moonlighting in the mall’s PR department and this sign was anything but an unintended blunder.

Just another example of one of our tribe injecting a dose of fun into an assigned task.

The photo below is actually one I took myself on Saturday afternoon.

For your eyes only, so to speak.

Fast Pass


Unlike the escalator sign, I didn’t find it very funny.

It brought back too many fond memories.

As an old-guy dad with three grown daughters, I’m glad that way back in the days of yore every annual visit to Santa was a special moment.

It was an experience I never would’ve wanted to “fast pass,” even it meant standing in line for a while.

I honestly don’t know how millennial dads do it today.

I think they’re “fast passing” past something wonderful they don’t even know they’re missing.

I know I sometimes I needed those long waits to deal with those understandable nervous jitters, the first-time fearful tears, and the utter lack-of-confidence about what to say to Santa.

But my little girls were troopers.

They got me through it!


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