Welcome to Purposeful Movement!
This wee blog has been a long time coming but sometimes life just seems to get in the way… I will be touching on a wide variety of topics (OK, sometimes more ranting than touching) with the common theme being movement of all sorts. Physical education, for sure. Sport, yup. Physical activity, yup. Physical literacy – you betcha. Children and youth – absolutely (a bit of a specialty of mine). Joy – wouldn’t miss it. So, to kick this off and give you a bit of glimpse into my psyche (scary, I know), here is a poem I wrote for my Masters thesis. Yes, I said a poem. Enjoy!
For a fleeting moment, the child is still
Face dirty and smiling
Jeans grass-stained, torn, mended, torn again
Before the image really registers, the child is gone
A blur flying among the tall grass, fences and pastures
Free to explore and enjoy
Movement everywhere, in everything
Bikes, balls, trees, fields, swings, space
Pretending, feeling, building, creating
Work is play, play is work
Sweating in the late afternoon sun
Dirt clings but does not matter
All day he moves over the farm
Running, jumping, crawling, throwing,
Walking, creeping, leaping, rolling
The only constant is constant movement
Joy seeps through the dirt
Eyes are bright and expressive
Face mirrors mood
Reveling in the smallest accomplishment
Sharing success excitedly with any who will listen
At the end of the day he falls
Into a contented sleep
Yet to come.
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