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When Thomas Paine wrote, “summer soldier and sunshine patriot” back in The Crisis, I am sure he didn’t intend for a Rockwall High School teacher to use it as the basis for a letter to the editor, but here we are.

Two weeks ago at the Friday night game against Mesquite Horn, we enjoyed a terrific venue. We were at Jerry World, cheering on a fight to the finish.

Wait. You didn’t see the end? That’s right. A huge swarm of Yellowjackets left the stadium about five minutes before the final whistle.

I understand you had a hard day. You worked, you drove to Arlington through all that traffic, and you probably paid too much for those yummy nachos.

The team and band and cheerleaders and Stingerettes also had a hard day. They worked, they drove to Arlington through all that traffic, and they then entertained you for approximately three more hours.

When we leave events—beyond the theatrical performances, choir concerts, athletic events, or academic celebrations—we send a distinct message that the people involved in whatever we just paid for aren’t doing the job. We have more important things to do. We’ve lost interest in your efforts, we’ve swiped left or closed the app.

When we leave events, we send a distinct message that the people involved in whatever we just paid for aren’t doing the job. ”

— Liz White

But we send a distinct message to the other viewers as well. When we see a group leave, we instinctively think they must know something we don’t. We feel left behind and out of the loop.

It starts a chain reaction of lemmings, and it creates feelings of loss, which then further compounds the issue to the performers that their efforts just weren’t enough—we are no longer entertained.

Thomas Paine’s words rang try for the patriots who fought for our great nation, but they also right true for those who fight for the Jacket Nation. When we stay only if we are winning, we all lose.

We have made great strides. Freshmen are participating in pep rallies, students sing the school song and actually overpower the band’s instrumentations, and the cheerleaders rally the crowd.

But we have more to do.

Stand strong, stay until the end, and sing the final words to the alma mater.

Jacket fight NEVER dies.

 

Liz White

RHS English teacher

 

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