Fucking school holidays....and it's not just the summer. The summer just happens to be the longest. There are LOTS of other holidays sprinkled in throughout the school year. I swear, when I was in school, we did NOT get a fraction of the holidays that the students of today enjoy. The school year has been shortened. Schools are teaching less and less. I was in grade school from the fall of 1979 until the spring of 1992 when I graduated high school. We started in late August/early September and we did NOT see the first "break" until Thanksgiving. And even then, we only got the Thursday (Thanksgiving day) and the Friday off. We didn't get the whole fucking week like kids today do. Granted, kids today start school in early-mid August, which is slightly earlier than we did back in my day. However, just weeks into the school year, in addition to Labor Day in September, they go on Fall Break. Which is the Fall version of Spring Break. And it is a whole week off. Then there are teacher work days scattered here and there. Then comes November. Veterans Day, teacher work days, and Thanksgiving Break, which is the WHOLE week of Thanksgiving. By this point, they aren't even half way through the school year, and they have already had 2 FULL weeks off, plus state and local holidays, plus teacher work days. And holy fucking shit, fucking Christmas!! That is a MINIMUM of THREE WEEKS off. And most of the time, it's more than that. They actually call it "second summer".
In January, in addition to the Martin Luther King holiday, there are two more teacher work days added on, making it a "winter break". This is completely separate from Christmas break. February has President's Day, plus...teacher work days. March is Spring Break. Yet another full week off. Then they get back from Spring Break, and what's right around the corner, but not before more holidays and teacher work days?? Ahh...yes! SUMMER!! Yay!!
I just laugh until my face muscles ache every time I hear a breeder cry out "but, but, but ANOTHER HOLIDAY??? BUT, THEY JUST HAD ONE!!"