Ah spring. Life reawakens and we emerge from our winter (northern friends may not really appreciate our emergence from Cayman winter so much) to sniff the air, stretch our legs and spring into action.
Spring, to quote Robin Williams, is nature’s way of saying “lets party!” College students’ idea of springing into action is hitting the beach for drinking, yelling, partying and twerking.
Drinking, yelling and partying I’m familiar with, but twerking? Upon investigation I learned twerking is a type of dancing where one thrusts out one’s hips and does low squats. At my age if I thrust out my hips there’s a chance they’d stay stuck there. Low squats would leave me grounded indefinitely.
Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you have to start young. So I headed to Miss Dawn’s kindergarten class at the Cayman International School to see what the youngsters had in mind for their spring break this year.
Not unlike the aforementioned rowdy college students, number one in the sun is water and beach. Thankfully, drinking and yelling were not mentioned, though everyone does like a good party. Four girls love the beach and all the glorious moments it brings – collecting shells, building sandcastles and having picnics. For Lara it is Seven Mile Beach she likes best; for Anna – Public Beach; Roscoe – Smith Cove; and Eliza likes just any old beach, as long as the family is there.
I headed to Miss Dawn’s kindergarten class at the Cayman International School to see what the youngsters had in mind for their spring break this year.
Four lads chose the pool. Grady, William, Noah and Maximillian just love playing there all day with their dads and moms. Russell loves the water because he can sail on it and ride on the stingrays. For Leo it’s having his brothers home from England on their spring break, having a party, and racing them 17 times around Britannia followed, sensibly enough, by a swim.
On a somewhat more subdued note were Aradhana and Mary, who love to go to the Humane Society on any school break. Although the puppies are usually calling “Pet me! Pet me!” Aradhana said it’s the kittens she really loves. Mary has a cat at home; she and her brother named it “Chicken.” Mary said that cats love her so much that they just curl up and lie on her.
For Isabella, spring break means celebrating her mom’s birthday. Ben, with shining eyes, announced that spring break means he’d be going to the circus in Ireland and would see folks cycling across a high wire.
It was Xander who summed it up for us saying that spring just means that everything springs out at you – flowers, plants and trees … nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”
Faye Lippitt is the author of “16 Chickens on a Trampoline” and the children’s book, “The Great Caribbean Chicken Caper.”