Friday, March 18, 2011
At late bus duty, I watch the 5 to 8 year olds, still encumbered by winter jackets. They know the rules. But it's spring. Well, springish. The snowbanks are melting today at a rapid rate, making the playground muddy and puddly. Getting to the playground is the first obstacle. There's a slim river snaking its way to the drain between the paved area and the woodchipped playground. Drawn like ducks, they go on auto-pilot. A moment ago they had all intentions of avoiding puddles. They were warned before they went out. They shook their heads - no way were they going to go in water. Nodding heads showed that they knew what the teacher meant about staying out of the mud. Running outside, warnings became vague memories. The first boot hit smack in the middle of the river.
Posted by Donna Smith at 8:04 PM