Next pruning will be on election day
I awoke the other morning dreading the task before me; it was time to prune my hydrangeas. The night before, I had read that when pruning hydrangeas, one must be careful to not prune too aggressively since this can result in disappointing flowering the next summer.
My bushes are huge, and I knew it would be an unpleasant task for an August morning. Luckily, I took the time to read the paper before beginning my yard work. The article saying that our governor wants to give a $10,000 bonus to 1,000 top North Carolina teachers was all I needed to get moving.
Can you imagine the scene when the winning teacher returns to her school only to face her teammate whose children, because of their mother’s abysmal salary, qualify for Medicaid? There’s a morale booster for you. And this from a man who is known for his leadership skills?
As a retired educator, I channeled my anger as I pruned my bushes tirelessly, but as I walked in, I realized that, like our lawmakers, I might have pruned too aggressively, and I might be disappointed in next year’s results. Make no mistake, Gov. McCrory, there will be more pruning to come on election day.
Gail Harper Chandler