The photo of that celebratory clink-and-drink was captured by a Tribune photographer and ran on the front page the following day — a fantastic visual to show the level of excitement and relief felt by all involved. Months, even years, of hard work had paid off, and it was time to take a moment to reflect and to bask in victory with a sip of bubbly.
In the days following the election, naysayers began to chime in, criticizing the group for being seen in public consuming alcohol. They felt it was in poor taste for a group of educators — charged with teaching our children how to make proper choices, as well as how to add, subtract, multiply and divide — to revel in victory with booze.
Every one of these educators is an adult, and it’s well within their right to enjoy an adult beverage from time to time. And a champagne toast, or even a celebratory beer or mixed drink, is a lot different than shot-gunning beers or tossing back shots of tequila.
What’s the big deal? These are educators, but they’re also real people.
We understand that, in some regards, they should be held to a different standard because they’re so vital in helping shape our own children into young adults.
But to expect them to live their lives in a dark cave, abstaining from all of life’s guilty — and entirely legal — pleasures is entirely unfair.
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