Walking to school in the pouring rain
This post is in honour of Mother’s Day and my mother who insisted I walk nearly 5km (3mi – that’s one way, by the way) to school even when it was uphill both to school and back, even when it was pouring so hard the raindrops were bouncing off the road, and the snowpiles were up to my knees and it was well below freezing outside.*
Ten reasons why I make my children walk to school in the pouring rain:
1. Walking is good for them and the environment.
2. It takes us about 3 minutes to walk to school and about 7 minutes to drive. (Gotta love pass-through alleyways!)
3. The way the parents drive around here in the rain? Sheesh. It’s safer to walk.
4. Splashing in puddles. ‘Nuff said.
5. Justifying the purchase of cute rainjackets, matching umbrellas, and gumboots.
6. My mother made me walk to school in the rain AND the snow. And I had a lot farther to walk. (See first paragraph.)
7. So the children can help their class win the Feet First competition (Class with the most people walking/riding their bikes/using the bus gets a prize at the end of the year.)
8. When they’re older, the children will have a true “When I was your age, my mother made me walk to school in the pouring rain!” story to tell that will shock and awe their children and grandchildren.
9. I can honestly claim the title “Mean Mum” and wear it with pride.
10. Just by walking down the street with my kids in our rain gear I can make all the other parents either feel guilty they aren’t doing it too, or think that I’m insane. Either’s good. 😉
* My mother did that despite spending the majority of her school years living on a delta plain (very flat, no hills), across the street from her school, in a city that rarely saw more than a couple of centimetres of snow every year. Yeah, my “walking to school” stories trump her stories any day.