Saturday, June 03, 2006


Yesterday was Field Day at my school. For those of you unfamiliar with the occasion, Field Day is an annual event in which the student body is divided into 2 teams - in our case, Orange & Blue - and they compete against each other all day long in field events [hence "Field Day"]. It's the one day of the year when the gym teachers are running the show. They assign all of the teachers, in pairs, to oversee each event. We all hate it. It's kinda like doing community service.

When I got up in the morning and checked the weather, they were calling for heavy rain, and I assumed we'd have to cancel. Except that our two gym teachers are former Nazi soldiers. I was paired with PMcQ on a game called "Hidden Ball" [yes, innuendos did fly all day long]

It actually wasn't all bad. PMcQ had lawn chairs in her car and we decided to move the playing field over just enough so we could park our asses in the shade. The game kind of runs itself -- all we had to do was explain the rules before each round. Our 'rules' speech became more elaborate as the day passed, including such tidbits as: "Tagging is not tackling" and "Cheating is wrong. Remember, solid foundations of relationships are built on trust and communication." [confused, blank expressions]

It did finally rain at the end of the day, causing us to cancel the last round and move inside for the closing ceremony: 300+ sweaty, muddy, screaming, face-painted kids in the [un-air conditioned] gym. Mmmmm...

All in all, not a bad day. And afterwards, we teachers had our own Field Day. With cosmos.

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