|Spruce and Trembling Aspen|
today it "spruced up" our study of trees.
We knew a week ago that the chances of it snowing today were very likely. All involved in our field trip were strongly encouraged to dress for snow! Since we live in Canada, you would think that we would be well prepared for snow...toques, scarves, gloves, winter boots and jackets. I heard many students declare, "Oh, we're from Canada, we're tough, we can take the cold!"
Yet, they were the same ones shivering and grumbling, "I can't feel my toes, my mom said not to wear boots or snow pants, she told me to wear runners and a hoodie!" Really, I thought? If so, mom didn't grow up in Canada nor did she experience our early winter temperatures and snow in the fall. Perhaps mom is a couch potato, or...
Actually, this is what I really think... the kids ignored mom when she said, "Wear your boots, snow pants, winter coat and gloves!" Then once they realized that Mrs. Dowling was going to make them stay outside in the snow to examine and learn about coniferous and deciduous trees, they regretted not listening to their mom and teachers, and wouldn't admit they were wrong, so once again, blamed mom.... Poor moms out there. I am on your side... You get blamed for everything!
Some students thought that we should turn the bus around and head back to town so they could stay indoors and play games... you know the type of games... electronic games...
|Peaceful and Protected|
Now, the students have a memorable story to tell about being in the forest during the season's first snow fall. If they were home in their houses playing electronic games, what memories would they have? How long would the memories last?
I always wonder, when they are old and grey sitting around the table at A&W having cheap coffee, what will they talk about?
Bob, "Oh, we used to play electronic games."
Jo, "Yup, me too!"
"Chirp, chirp, chirp..."
The crickets will start chirping because Bob and Jo can't remember any important stories to retell.
Then they will turn and stare at the wall and pretend to have a good time.
So why do we spend money and help the students to experience all kinds of things, well maybe, just maybe, after today's positively spruced up experience and last week's adventure at Police Point in the prairie forest, they will have stories to tell and the only reason the crickets will be heard is they have decided to take their grandchildren outside for a experience in nature and can retell the stories of the adventures in the forest they had as young whipper snappers. And maybe, just maybe, they will be thankful for the crazy teachers they had in grade six who gave them new experiences both in the sunshine and in the snow and rain!