Gym

May 24, 2015 at 8:23 am | Posted in Body, School, Touch, Treatment | 4 Comments
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Much more fun than it looks.

Poor coordination, low self esteem, lack of team spirit and/or a preference for academic pursuits may make school gymnasium time dispiriting and uncomfortable.

There may be one activity, however, that you do enjoy.

If the gym has large, thick, heavy exercise (tumble) mats, your class may play the unofficial (and sometimes banned) game of ‘stacks on the mill‘ – or whatever it’s called in your world.

Basically, a few students lie on the first mat, while the other mats are piled on top.

The students outside the pile then jump on top of it and bounce up and down – theoretically trying to crush their colleagues to death, but in the knowledge that the ‘give’ in the first mat makes this (unfortunately) impossible.

You may find you much prefer to be a ‘crushee’, rather than a crusher.

In fact, you may well be able to withstand more weight, and for longer, than any other child.

This may result in you ending up alone beneath all but one of the mats, and all but one of your class.

To enhance your splendid isolation, you may even wriggle to the centre of the pile while chaos reigns above.

There you can relax in warm, dark, comfortable solitude.

Until the gym teacher comes along to ruin the only good thing about your physical education class.

Decades later, you may learn that Temple Grandin recognised the value of non-human ‘hugs’ and actually created a ‘hug machine‘ (or hug box) to this effect.

While you may not feel the need to install one of these in your lounge room, it will be satisfying to realise why you loved to be last on the first mat all those years ago.

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  1. Wish we had had that sort of game at my school in the 1970s!!

    • Thank you for reading and replying. I didn’t see this game as a ‘plus’ at the time. Funny how you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Kind regards, P.

      • I found the worst thing about P.E. was the teacher, who obviously thought I was stupid as I didn’t talk, used to say in a patronising voice, didn’t you do well today!! When in fact I had been hopeless, she knew it and do so did I!! I suppose she thought it would reassure me, in fact I felt like hitting her – good thing I never did I might have then been seen as disruptive too!!

        • How awful for you! My teacher was a Vietnam veteran who evinced little sympathy (but at least he wasn’t sarcastic – which is truly nasty). I feel for you. And applaud your restraint. Motivated hitting can get rather out of hand. Best regards, P.


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