Richard Alley http://wknofm.org en Christmas in August, Or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation Money http://wknofm.org/post/christmas-august-or-how-i-spent-my-summer-vacation-money <p></p><p>It’s Christmas in August. The temperature hovering close to 90 degrees doesn’t testify to this. But the ringing of the cash register does. Another telltale sign? The children’s palpable sense of diminished expectations.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back to school time is Christmas without the merry.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s how parents view it, of course. For children, the thought of being allowed to accompany us to the Wal-Marts and Targets as we hunt for school supplies is like being given a private tour of Santa’s workshop.</span></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Richard Alley 34994 at http://wknofm.org Christmas in August, Or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation Money