I started wondering yesterday how it is I survived elementary school. How any of us survived school. I'm not talking math class and spelling tests, I'm talking the days of non-air conditioned classrooms. How is it we are still here on this earth? According the color coated weather chart that landed on my desk we lived our entire youths in the "red danger zone" and still managed outdoor recess. I imagine way-back-when in the days before Doppler radar and all those other fancy weather person tools, it must have gotten be a hundred degrees and hotter with the heat index; no one feared us having a heat stroke on the playground. Back-in-the-days we had a box fan, or two, that blew around hot air in the classroom and our teachers wore nylons with their skirts. I remember we would get lectured about the possibilities of losing fingers and nose tip if we grabbed hold of the fan to talk into the moving blades just to hear our voices vibrate. We'd say the obvious to the fan blades: I'm HhhHoOoOOootTTttTTt. We learned in the dark, not because we were learning to be owls, but because no lights meant a cooler classroom. Going outside on sweltering days meant a chance to have air circulate around your glistening body while adjusting to sunlight.
Present day. Recess canceled.
While my body was a pool of sweat the feet were happy with jewels catching the sun. Except with fashion comes pain--even in the world of stretching the flip flop dress code rule.
See my wound? They require some break in time...but aren't the flops fabulous in that simplistic way? I couldn't possibly shower in these beauties. No way!
I don't know, I think all the sweating I did in elementary school built character. And, isn't that what schools are all about these days-- Character Education?