Beach Day – An Annual Teen Event

Beach Day

Friday, June 5 is the annual skip school and go to the “Beach Day” for most high school students in this area.

Beach Day is a practice which has survived at least three generations that I know of.  When I was a teenager it wasn’t as formal an event as it is now.  It just happened on the first warm day in June.  I believe that was still the practice when my kids were in high school but it was a little more planned than in my day.  It was planned well enough that rather than have my kids lie about missing school I wrote them a note.  What the heck.  Everyone needs to goof off now and again.

Now it is the first Friday in June and according to some teens I spoke with today the teachers are busy planning assignments which have to be done in class and finding other creative ways to make sure the kids don’t skip.

Personally I think they should just make it a school trip.  That way the teachers could go too, the buses could be involved which would make the roads a little safer for everyone and the kids would have to have permission from parents to go so everyone would know where their children are.  Parents with some savvy might even make an effort to show up too and have some fun with their kids.

When we were kids there wasn’t much chance of too much liquor being involved though I’m sure there was some.  That has increased over the years too and what began as an innocent day of fun has become a bit dangerous.  The police are on high alert at the beaches and I thank them for their vigilance.

Please!!!! If you are a teen or you have teens who are going to be attending the big party tomorrow make sure they understand they won’t get in trouble if they have to call you to pick them up.  Offer to drive and pick them up at certain times and in certain places so they have some sense of needing to stick to rules.  If you haven’t had the safe drinking talk with them yet it may be too late to do now but it may also be a good opportunity to begin the discussion with younger teens who won’t be skipping school tomorrow.

Wishing all the students of our area and any place else where there is Beach Day a safe and happy time.

If you have memories of beach day please share them.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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