28 March, 2012

Tales of an Afternoon Recess

Today I had the honor of being one of the two adults supervising afternoon recess at my darling elementary school. It was a little strange. Children were running, dribbling, swinging, sliding, flirting, chasing, tumbling, flipping, spitting, tripping. You've seen that scene.
I turned into the mean teacher, telling boys to slide down the slide and not to climb up and push their friends off.
I wondered where I would be if I was ten years younger. My group of friends rotated what they did at recess every few weeks. We had basketball phases, tag phases, imaginary game phases, wrap around the pole phases, zip line phases, jumprope phases.
I watched three of my girls dominate in a 3 on 3 basketball game.
Later, one of my darling boys went in for a three-pointer. "This one's for you, Mrs. Jaeger!" He missed. Missed again. Swish!
The fifteen minutes seemed too short.

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