County-wide Freeze tag

I live in the fabulous county of Fairfax, Virginia. Some time ago, don’t ask how long, the county government–or perhaps it was the state–instituted what is called “the moment of silence” as, one is led to suspect, a substitute for a “moment of prayer.”

But given that the latter is illegal, they apparently, in their infinite wisdom, selected the former. I don’t know if our lawmakers have ever experienced the moment of silence in actual practice, but I can pretty much guarantee you that the only prayer that’s going on is being done by the parents, who, like me, have brought little Johnny or Jane to school late after a doctor’s appointment and have found their entire school frozen in the moment.
Will someone please stop this waste of my, my children and other people’s time?
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Stephen Stark is an award-winning novelist and bestselling ghostwriter. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, Poets & Writers and in many other journals. He has been a fellow and taught at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and won an NEA Literature Fellowship in fiction. His novel, Second Son, was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 1992, and a New and Noteworthy Paperback of 1994.

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