Walking to School
Today was “Walk to School” day at Soccer Girl’s school. The whole event came from a 2nd grade girl’s science project. She counted cars that dropped off at school one morning and found there were almost 150. She wondered if we could cut that number in half by encouraging kids to walk to school, or take the bus if you are eligible to do so (you have to be 1/4 mile from the school). I think this is a great idea – anything to get outside and enjoy a beautiful day, while being good to the environment is a cool thing.
While SG is bus eligible, she loved the idea of walking to school. Something about getting outside, doing something independent, participating in a school event – not sure what the appeal was, but she was all over it. I have spin class on Friday mornings, but her enthusiasm was too much to ignore, so I agreed to take her, her giant backpack (I think she packed a small orangutan in there, it was so full) , and her violin on the hike to the elementary school.
Net net, it was a 450 calorie burn, just about 100 calories less than a spin session (but in a shorter time). I was able to let go of my “MUST SPIN” neuroses and shake up my routine a bit, which is always a good thing. The weather was just perfect, with cool breezes and bright sun. We had a good chat while on the road, which as any parent knows is worth it’s weight in gold.
According to the girl who’s doing the science fair project, she’s hoping “Walk to School” becomes a monthly event. I second that – I look forward to making the trek with SG again soon. She’s leaving elementary school this year, so at some point in the not-so-distant-future, she WON’T want me to walk with her. I really need to take advantage of these fleeting moments of childhood while I can.