Friday, March 5, 2010

Arts Day

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.

In my day, a fun day at school consisted of (at best) a fire drill or something involving public corporal punishment.

I was born thirty years too soon.

Yesterday I was booked to teach two juggling workshops at a school having their annual Arts Day. How progressive, I thought. I figured the day would probably turn out to be me, an octogenarian singer and a local volunteer armed with tubs of finger paints.

I was wrong.

Students were allowed to choose to take lessons in any two of the following:
African drumming
Culinary adventure
Gourmet cooking
Hip hop dance
Improv theatre
Jewellery making
Outdoor adventure
Salsa dancing
Watercolour painting
Yoga and

The intructors were dripping with credentials - many were professionals and those that weren't were overqualified anyway.

Brilliant day. I'd happily have ditched my students and run off to join any of the other lessons. Except the dancing ones because I dance like a beached manatee.

Daily photo - no rabbit today. Otter instead. (Taken at a sanctuary in England)


  1. Man, I would have loved something like that when I was in school. My son's school had an Activity Day every year towards the end of the school year where they could go rock wall climbing, play basketball, do a ropes course and other physical activities. How do kids get so lucky these days?

    That otter looks like he needs his morning coffee, he's seriously grumpy. :)

  2. I see what you mean about the grumpy otter. Actually she's hungry! It was feeding time and she was calling to the fish-man.

  3. Why don' they do activity days for adults? We'd make much better use of them than a bunch of snotty kids.

  4. "Youth is wasted on the young."

    Can't remember who said that. Some old bloke, I think.