Tuesday, May 27, 2014

#WeirdEd Week 7: The Beach

#WeirdEd this week is well aware how close the end of the year is for most of us. And rather than deny that let's use it as a super-obvious and probably stretched-too-thin metaphor for a chat.
There's so much about the beach to love. The surf. The sand. The sun. The abundance of s-word nouns. I know the beach is where I want to be this summer, and I know it's not going to happen as much as I'd like. I'm going to have to go to the beach in my head. Luckily, living in Hawaii for six years, and Southern California before that, gives a person a pretty detailed mind-beach to draw from.
The beach is where we can relax, but also where sport can happen. We can get burned and hurt, we can meet strangers, and we can watch drunk friends try to jump over the bonfire we may have illegally built while illegally camping. The sounds and smells of the beach are soothing and, for most of us, bring memories we love to hold on to.

I'm going to go ahead and admit right now that you're going to have to come with me on some of these questions. Really buy into the metaphor.

Let's do this.

**Things to think about**
What from this school year are you going to carry with you for a long time going forward from now? What is going to wash right off? What sticks in your swim suit, annoying and chafing? Are there sounds you're going to miss from this year? When you close your eyes what images are going to remain for a moment that you can see through over-lit eyelids? Did you try and fail and try and fail with something this year? Are you going to get up and ride that again next year?

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