Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Lighter Side of Life

For the last two weeks, I went to a camp where we celebrated the "lighter side of life". Whoopee.
It's called the Betty Stovall Spectrum of the Arts camp. It's sponsored by the CMS school system, and every year, kids from around the 4th grade up to rising 9th graders come to "indulge themselves in the spectrum of the arts!" [--one of the teachers; what a witty pun.]

Anyway, for our final number, all the kids had to sing and dance this one song--a modified version of this song called the "Brighter Side of Life". I think it's from some Broadway musical; it has that exaggerated touch to it. And ever since then, I've had this song stuck in my head.

I think it may not be such a bad thing though.
It's hard to be grumpy when you have such a happy song stuck in your head.

Always look on the lighter side of life!
When you're feeling in the dumps,
Don't be silly chumps!
Just purse your lips and whistle,
thats the thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing, oooooooooooooooooooooooh!
Always look on the lighteer side of liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife!
Company bow.

Ugh. It's almost too happy.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Field Day

Field Day: an annual day for schools in which students compete in sports and or have fun during recreational activities.

I've always wondered why school systems call this particular day 'Field Day'. I mean, there's no field involved in any shape or form. And what do fields have to do with fun OR sports? During my first Field Day in the 1st grade, I was severely disappointed to see that Field Day consisted of students running around with water balloons and buckets of water, while the teachers watched in the shade.

I also remember lots of crying and chaos. But apparently the crying and chaos on Field Day is evidence of a "successful way to integrate learning and fun nearing the end of the school year", according to one of the teachers. Now that I think about it, 1st graders with water guns and hoses equals utter confusion.

Field Day 2009 was pretty similar. Minus the 1st grade part. Plus basketball courts.
Thank goodness that we children are creative.

We actually make field day fun every year.