Turkish Angoras–miniature humans

There was a long road we went down before we welcomed our two Turkish Angoras, Blake and Angie, into our home, a rescue adoption in July 2014.  Doing research due to Ginger, a cat who had adopted us for a short time, spending the last months of his life with us, led us to the Turkish Angoras.  They truly are miniature humans in behavior, as well as canines.  I’ve owned cats almost my whole life, and I can say from experience they are one of a kind.  Blake is my chef buddy, having to smell everything I’m using to cook.  He doesn’t want to taste it, just get a good ole whiff of whatever ingredient I have in my hand, and he’ll patiently watch as I assemble the dish, cook it, etc.  Miss Angie is our little lady, the protector of Blake, working her behind off to befriend Mama Kitty, eventually ending up being best friends with her, etc.

Among their interesting attributes, they watch TV.  I mean actually watch what’s going on.  At first we found it amusing.  One of the things that interested both of them the most was The Legend of Zelda, Twilight Princess.  They would watch, as well as try to interact.

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We didn’t think much of this, until a few days ago.  As a partial reference, here’s Angie today sleeping in a shipping box with one of her favorite toys, a stuffed mouse, next to her.

Now here’s another one of their favorite toys, a stuffed horse we picked up in New Mexico as a peace offering when we went on vacation, leaving them in the care of other family members.  Trust me, this was a necessity.

They carry it throughout the house, but most of the time it ends up at the entrance into our bedroom, upright, as if it’s guarding the door.

Again, I didn’t think too much of this, certainly didn’t think about all the scenes in Twilight Princess with Link riding his horse, until the day I came upstairs, found the horse standing upright guarding the entrance into the bedroom, and had the stuffed mouse resting in the center of its back, like the mouse was riding the horse.  I stood there for the longest time looking at that, so shocked I didn’t even think about taking a photo of it.  Then the scenes from Zelda started flitting through my brain as I looked at the spectacle before me.

Nah…there’s no way there’s a connection…right?

We won’t go into how Blake puts his paw on my nose to wake me up in the morning, or gets my glasses off the nightstand and brings them into the bed for me to put on.  Angie walking on the treadmill with me when I’m exercising, or Blake sitting in my lap as I work out on the recumbent bike.  How they snuggle with us in the front room first thing in the morning while we have our coffee, and get highly indignant if we’re not in there at our regular time, coming to look for us and meowing until we get to where we’re supposed to be.

Nope…the mouse riding the horse is a complete coincidence…I think.

Common sense isn’t common

I truly believe common sense is going extinct.  Picture if you will, you live in San Antonio, Texas.  It is an area known for early onset, hot summers.  Intense sunshine.  When I was younger, it was commonplace to sunbathe (yes, we were stupid).  During my teenage years I would apply suntan oil with an SPF of 2, if anything at all.  In fact, finding anything above an SPF of 2 was almost impossible.  I could lay out for an hour, flip, time another hour, then go inside to find a nice tan developing.  Nowadays?  I can be outside for fifteen minutes and I’ll start to burn.  I swear the sun has gotten more intense over the decades.

Common sense dictates if you live in an area such as San Antonio, sunscreen is a necessity.  There are some people who don’t burn, but others, especially kids, need the extra protection.  In fact, if you are a parent of young children and you don’t apply sunscreen to them, your parenting skills will quickly come into question especially if they end up with a burn.

Now, picture your child has a school field trip coming up, an end-of-school-year party with plenty of festivities planned, including swimming…outdoors.  It starts first thing in the morning and ends right before school lets out for the day.  Hours in the sun.  With me so far?

We get the permission slip for the trip, along with a note.  The following is mind-boggling, but it is NOT a joke.  This is real.  Ready?

Sunscreen is not being allowed to be brought to school or on the field trip.  It is considered to be an over the counter medication. 

This year the Student Parent Handbook has been updated so that sunscreen can be brought to school by the parent as a short-term medication request.  Short-term requests are good for 10 days.  I am attaching a copy of the Short-term request form that would need to be turned in with the sunscreen. The sunscreen needs to be labeled with the student’s name and brought in by the parent.

Here is the section of the 2014/2015 Student / Parent handbook policy.

SUNSCREEN AND INSECT REPELLENT

‘These products will be treated as non-prescription medication. [See Non-Prescription Medication section]  Parents/Guardians are encouraged to apply sunscreen and/or insect repellent in the morning prior to their student coming to school. If your student needs sunscreen and/or insect repellent to be applied during the school day, the container must be labeled with student’s name and remain in the clinic. Parents are required to deliver the container to the nurse.’

We will transport the sunscreen brought to school and provide the opportunity for those students to use their sunscreen only.  The clinic will hold the sunscreen for 10 days when provided with a short-term medication request.  After 10 days it will be discarded.”

Keep in mind there are approximately 525+ students going on this field trip.  If every student has their parent bring sunscreen (I know not everyone will, but imagine), there would be more than 500 containers of sunscreen the school would have to transport to the site of the field trip.  Each container labeled with each student’s name.  No sharing allowed AT ALL.

What MORON came up with the idea that sunscreen should be classified as an over-the-counter medication?  What do they think it is, a gateway drug?  Print up literature that says WARNING:  Sunscreen is a gateway drug to…gasp…SUNBLOCK.  JUST SAY NO!!!

Now I know some people would argue the fact that there are kids that don’t know better, they may put it in their mouth, the cap is a choking hazard, etc.  That argument might hold water for kids who are, say, in kindergarten.  The students going on this field trip are fourteen and fifteen years old!  I think…I HOPE…by now they know not to eat sunscreen and to keep the cap out of their mouth.

So because of some idiot, parents have to sign a form, personally bring the sunscreen to the nurse, adults will personally supervise the application of said sunscreen, making sure each individual bottle is only applied by the student it’s designated for, then the sunscreen bottles will be brought back to the school by the adults, and only the parents will be allowed to pick up the sunscreen.  If they don’t make it to the school within ten days, the sunscreen will be thrown away.

Hey, let’s make everyone jump through a bunch of hoops to prevent a blistering sunburn.  Our teenage children don’t have two brain cells to rub together to be able to personally bring and use sunscreen on their own.

I don’t know who thought up this “rule” for the district, but for them their common sense died a long time ago.