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Taking it outdoors
June 7, 2019
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by Ivan Raconteur

I chanced to drive by a local elementary school last week, and the sight transported me back through the mists of time to when the world was young and I was an elementary school student.

It was a glorious spring day, and wherever I looked there were small groups of children orbiting their assigned teachers like tiny satellites.

They were sitting on the green grass under an endless blue sky, basking in the bright sunshine and working on their little projects.

I remember doing the same kind of thing when I was a child.

When winter finally released its icy grip, and the flurry of new life began to transform the world from dismal gray to a bountiful pallet of greens and yellows, we began to lobby our teacher to take the class outdoors.

It wasn’t enough to just see the transformation through the big open windows, or smell the intoxicating fragrance of spring on the breeze; we wanted to be out there immersed in it.

I suspect that when our teachers did give in and escort the class out onto the grounds, it was as much because they wanted to get outdoors as it was to make us happy.

Looking back, outdoor class time was one of those perks that we never fully appreciated when we were children. It is also the kind of small luxury I wish we could enjoy today.

There are plenty of times I wish I could pack up my computer and other items and go sit on the lawn in the afternoon.

I don’t suppose I will ever have time to frolic and explore the mysteries of the season during the workday, but I’m sure I could find a way to get some work done out in the sunshine.

It might not be as relaxing as stretching out on the grass and listening to a teacher read an adventure story, but it would be better than being cooped up indoors.

I’ve tried a few times to get city councils or school boards to move their meetings outside in the springtime, but I think they must have assumed I was joking, because none of them have taken me up on it yet.

I think it is a wonderful idea, and it would make the time I spend in meetings much more pleasant.

For now, I guess I’ll just go on being jealous of those kids who are able to spend time with their classmates enjoying the outdoors. They just don’t know how lucky they are.


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