By Vita Forest
Yesterday, we were told it would be bad.
“Hotter than today,” someone said as we sweated.
“In the forties, ” agreed another.
“45!” one decided (that’s Celcius people and this is Spring…)
“Do we have to go to school?” asked Max, “How hot does it have to be until we are allowed to stay home?”
No such luck there, sonny.
We got prepared. There were serious talks in my class about how we could be ready. They decided they would bring two water bottles each.
“Or more!” some suggested.
“Not more than you can carry,” I advised, “You can refill them here remember.” (They all turned in unison to look at the taps.)
Another hand went up, “I am going to freeze one of mine, in the freezer!” Eyes widened, liking that idea. We discussed hot weather games (no soccer, no football, no chasing games. Cards would do, we decided. Or Scissor, Paper, Rock or Chopsticks. Talking would be quite fine too).
Before I left school I was advised we would be doing indoor recess and indoor lunch the next day.
“Oh,” sighed the teachers and went home to gather their strength.
When I picked up Lucy she was wearing different clothes.
Waterfights at After School Care of course. Her own ones were sopping.
At home, I gave the plants on the balconies an extra drink. This morning, my upstair’s neighbour did the same, lacy ribbons of water dripping down from above and bouncing off the balcony rail. Max had to return to the apartment as we were about to leave – he had left one of his drink bottles in the freezer.
How we got through the day
- I closed all the windows in my home and returned this afternoon to happy cats and a comfortable cool temperature.
- at school, water bottles were lined up across desks where they stayed all day, some leaving puddles as their icy contents melted.
- in K – 2 singing, the Assistant Principal marched up and down the rows of children singing Jingle Bells, spraying them with a light mist from her special spray bottle. Arms raised up before her to embrace the coolness.
- Lucy took her own very special birthday spray bottle to school – battery operated and with a fan to help disperse the water!
- The clever children in the canteen line moved the queue from its normal position in the full sun, to along the side of the hall, to catch what little shade there was, as they waited to buy their ice blocks.
- Lucy and the After School Care kids had another water fight, some even brought extra clothes and towels in preparation… The ground was wet with splatted water bottle throws.
- Lucy’s mother was extra affectionate when she picked her up – very cooling to hug a dripping child.
And now we await the Southerly buster. Apparently it will drop a good 20 degrees by tomorrow…