You know that day-
The real name of this day is
but most schools call it
We also shortened it to "Field Day" because we were running out of space in the newsletters.....go figure.
I remember my Field Day.
Yes, we had it back then- and no, we didn't have to dodge dino poo
and there weren't any covered wagons-
But we practiced during PE...
And on the day of the activities, you ran your behind off!
and you jumped the long jump and you dashed and hopped in potato sacks and you relayed and you tugged and you tied yourself to your best friend and ran like the dickens!
And when it was all over, there were ribbons.
Not just any ribbons.
But shiny ones.
and how many ribbons?
How many people got them?
Not three hundred. Not every class.
Just the the children who won.
But we can't do that anymore.
We have a Relay Race Ribbon for each grade level and a Tug o War Ribbon for each one.
No other competition.
During the time that we aren't relaying or tugging, we are walking around, choosing an activity
like throw a ball through a hula hoop.
It makes me sad.
I want my boys to get pumped about racing against their friends (and beating them)
and I want them to brag about jumping the farthest..
Is that bad?
They both played soccer at one point and at the end they all got trophies and they knew they were getting them
whether they were awful or not.
but they "participated"....
Don't get me wrong- it is very important to participate in life-
but you have to strive to be the best too- you have to want to be first sometimes!
If you don't, then you end up "settling" .
Competition is a good thing.
How does your field day work? What kind of events do you have? Is there a winner?
Leave me some chatter and tell me about it.
I am going to sign off for the night- I have to rest up
because whether she likes it or not,
I am tying BFF Neighbor Teacher to me and we are running a lap around the soccer field!!!!