It was a gorgeous day and the coach decided to take all the classes outside for P.E. class. I was the coach’s sidekick for the afternoon since the regular assistant had the day off. The coach told the students they could NOT play on the grass. It had rained hard the night before and the ground was still muddy. She emphatically repeated her instruction to “keep off the grass!”
She had me take a couple of the classes out and stayed behind with some students. No sooner had we arrived at the play area that some kids were in violation of the grass rule. I yelled for them to get off the grass and they obliged. I would continue repeating “keep off the grass” since one student after another opted for the grass instead of the sidewalk.
The coach and the rest of the kids joined us. I welcomed having the coach to help me enforce the grass rule. But I was disheartened instead. The kids walking out with the coach sidestepped the sidewalk too. I didn’t say a word! Why? Because the coach violated her own “Keep off the Grass” rule.
I thought of raising my hands in the air and yelling, “I give!” Just a thought in my head. I didn’t act it out. HA!
I think this was another case of my taking instructions LITERALLY! Shortly thereafter, a basketball went down the hill to where water was still standing on the grass. The coach only allowed one to go down and rescue the ball and she told the others who were aiming to head down the hill to stay back. Maybe the coach’s “keep off the grass” was keep off the grass where it was muddy. That’s just a guess, though.