I’m not a big fan of winter. I never have been. I was the kid who was standing off to the side talking loudly about why Florida was a great place to live while everyone else was making snowmen. Yet at 26, I’m still living in a place that dumps a foot of snow on me and freezes my car doors shut.
The other day it was exactly 3 degrees when I left my house. When I got out of my car at work, it was ZERO degrees. My nostrils nearly froze shut on the short walk in. It was also a half day, so rather than a recess after lunch, we have a morning recess. This also means that instead of having an assistant take my class out, I do it myself. Quite a few teachers decided to have indoor recess today due to the cold. That was not an option for us. I toyed with the idea for a bit, but by 10 you could literally hear the humming noise emanating from 23 8 year olds who REALLY needed to run off some energy.
So we bundled up and headed out, where the temp had risen to all of 4 degrees. Luckily the kids didn’t seem too bothered. They happily engaged in some of their favorite winter activities, including….
- Falling face first into the snow.
- Insisting you are wearing snowpants when clearly you aren’t, specifically so you can join your friends in falling face first into the snow.
- Going down a plastic slide while wearing nylon winter gear, thus rocketing off the slide at approximately 500 MPH
- Going down the slide immediately after someone else, so you rocket into them at 500 mph
- Loudly proclaiming that your pants are not actually jeans, but are in fact snowpants designed by the military to look like jeans
- Rubbing snow on your face and neck to prove to your teacher that it isn’t actually cold out
- Making a snowman
- Karate kicking snowmen
- Whirling around while holding balls of snow and then accidentally releasing them, but definitely not actually throwing snowballs, because that’s against school rules.