I live just across the street from an elementary school. There are times when I can hear the laughter of the children at recess time. The joy in their voices is quite infectious, it just makes you smile.
I can remember a time when we couldn’t wait for recess!! The teacher would line us up, and lead us out of the classroom to the playground. We couldn’t wait to run to the swings, or the slide, the teeter totters, ( we called them see saws in the south). We had a merry-go-round, that we all took turns pushing, as fast as we could.
The girls would jump rope, play hand jive, we often had a game of kickball going, where everyone played, even the teacher!! Recess only lasted 15 minutes, but it seemed like forever! You didn’t want it to end. We had 2 recesses a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, after lunch.
You felt so free, and happy. You got to play with your friends, laugh, run, giggle, and occasionally there was the playground fight. They got mad, fought, and made up, the next day everything was back to normal. No worries.
We grow up, and forget how wonderful recess was to us. We had our best friends, that we would always be with, we learned how to share with anyone, we didn’t see color, we all played the same games, we learned how to be happy and how easy it was to do.
Recess wasn’t about rich or poor, black or white, good or bad. It was about enjoying time outside with our friends. It was about freedom from the classroom. It was about taking a break to re-energize our bodies and our minds.
Recess is not just for children in school, it can be for us adults too!! Take some time, sit back and think how much fun recess was when you were a kid. I know sometimes life can be hectic, but we need recess back in our lives again!!
Call your friends, have a meet up at the park, play some frisbee, softball, volleyball, or whatever your heart desires. Laugh loud, play long, enjoy the day.
I can hear the bell ringing!! Yea, Recess!!!