21 comments on “Recess on the Prairies

  1. ldaffin says:

    Short, sweet and to the point πŸ™‚

  2. Caddo says:

    I’d forgotten how we used to wear long underwear in Minn…that’s cold, yes ma’am.

  3. And didn’t they love it! I taught a couple of years in what was called a target area school where the children were too poor to have proper clothing. One pair of socks stayed on their little feet until they were ragged (sometimes longer). Some had only a sweater instead of a coat, no gloves, occasionally something for their heads. I hated to even let them out but it was a rule and actually the children benefited from the activity, but the activity didn’t keep they from coming down sick. I thought the rule should take second place to the health of the children, but I learned that rules were for many reasons, but primarily for the teacher’s breaks.

    • melodylowes says:

      😦 Rules are necessary – but the rule is for the child, not the child for the rule. Fresh air and play are crucial – but so is staying warm! It is so sad that it is always the children who suffer for our grown-up mistakes. Poverty and poor choices and following rules to the letter don’t help, do they?

      • I think that rules began as teaching tools that mankind needed (for instance from God at Sinai),but as we turn away from Him they become self-serving and we tend to lose our common sense.

      • melodylowes says:

        So true. That’s the thing – we get used to living in our own little bubble, and start not just expecting but demanding things as rights, when they are but gifts. *sigh* We certainly do have a lot to learn…

  4. RoSy says:


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