Easily one of my favourite activities in gym class, probably because it didn’t involve much co-ordination. I can’t even remember what this object was called other than parachute. This massive multicoloured piece of fabric would have every child’s eyes light up when it was pulled out of the closet storage where it sat behind the plastic hockey sticks and deflated bag of soccer balls. The kids would form a circle and grab hold of the parachute creating distance. Then each began to flail their arms and the parachute would create waves. One of the more easy and popular games would be to put a couple of soft balls in the middle and try to bounce them from side to side without having them fly out of the circle. Another would involve a student running underneath the waves, while another is atop trying to catch him; this was called Cat and Mouse. I think I might have enjoyed playing parachute more than playing with the giant bouncy balls (Hoppies).
For two weeks during gym class, the gymnastics equipment was set up. For those two weeks, we had to partake in activities such as rope climbing, balance beaming, ring using, horse vaulting and whatever the hell else any of them were called. It largely sucked. What did you like about gymnastics? Anything? Everything? Get at us!
Remember ‘Electives’ in public school? They were meant to provide us kids with the ability to partake in physical activities and learn something in the process. I hated them. Being a fat child with no drive to do anything, I dreaded electives. I always tried to pick the least physically demanding ones, like snowshoeing and ice hut building. What did you choose? Get at us!
When I was in public school, as most of you readers are now fully aware of, I was fat. Out of shape. A loser. So one would likely conclude that I was horrible at track and field. WRONG! I performed very well in my standout 60m dash, 100m dash, high jump and ball throw events. I racked up a dozen first place ribbons and several silver and bronze ones as well. To this day I still can’t believe I was able to achieve what I did. I was FAT. I wonder how I would stack up against my rivals nowadays? How did you perform at track and field? What were your favourite events? Get at us!
. I had fun playing, uhhh, whatever this was. It was a good thing to do to kill a few minutes. And then get bored. Quickly. But for those few minutes I tell ya, it was fun. Yup.