What's the weekend for?

Read a paper today from a student that said, “Unlike other people, I have a life.” Then he proceeded to explain what he does on the weekends. Now I know that he left out some things he does on the weekend, because he didn't include going to class and he is sometimes in class when it meets on Sat. morning. His idea of having a life is “relaxing, partying, and racing.”

Now I don't think anyone, whether they have a “life” or not, would have any trouble saying they relax. It might not be on the weekends. I work Sat morning, for example. But relaxing is not a fascinating thing nor is it that difficult to do.

I wouldn't consider partying to be having a life. Get drunk, meet people, dance with them, don't remember what you did in the morning. That's not my idea of having a life.

Racing, maybe. He says he gets away from the “rejection of society.” He does not say how or why he is rejected by society, so I don't know whether he succeeds or really needs to.

I would consider I “have a life.” Although I am sure a lot of younger people would disagree. I have a home, a husband, two kids, two jobs, and I homeschool. I go to church. I attend a “Bible study.” (We've only studied one week. All the rest of the time it's been prayer requests, but I still enjoy it.) I have a life. Or at least I think I do.

But I don't get much relaxing. And I don't party. And aside from going to a motorcycle race a couple of weeks ago, I don't get any of that either.

I've told my students they need to consider their audience, but I think that many of them, especially the younger ones, have trouble understanding that people might disagree with them.