Was aghast to hear so many complaints yesterday from parents and others about children having a day off school because of the snow. We have a “once in a childhood” event and there seems to be concern voiced over schools not opening, parents having to have a day off work and …….etc.
Surely there needs to be room for enjoyment of this unusual event, a bit of space and some recognition that many children will learn and engage more by exploring the unusually high volume of snow than they would by a few hours in the classroom. There need to be times where we choose to have fun and relax a little. I was overwhelmed by how many people spoke to me in the street, when normally they walk past silently. How much sharing of possessions happened in our local park when normally there is selfishness. This is an event to be savoured not scorned – bring back some fun into the childrens lives, show a little willingness to “break the rules” and go live a little!
As a kid we were forced to school – (well, staff and pupils all lived within walking distance back then!) but when we were there we were on the playing fields having mass snowball fights (with the teachers and some parents) building things and having great fun. If someone was hurt, it was dealt with, there was no fear of litigation but a general camaraderie that enabled lessons to go more smoothly after the snow had melted. Today, that freedom is not necessarily available – so keep the schools closed for a couple of days and have a bit of fun! Please?