Tuesday, May 20, 2008

do you remember these days?

my husband hugh and i were talking about grade school gym class when a person with a parachute would suddenly appear and it would be parachute day!
where did this person come from?
we'd form a circle and run in and out under the parachute and sometimes a really little person would get to go in the center.
yes. good times!
xxoox

23 comments:

robayre said...

I totally remember parachute day! It was such a great memory.
Also, track and field days at the end of the school year. And before it was required that we had physical education class everyday, we had P.E. every thursday.

Lisa said...

I was just talking about the parachute the other day with a friend! LOVED the parachute!

shash said...

that is so crazy that we all experienced this. ODD. ;-)

Katrina said...

fantastic. and wouldn't it be just perfect if someone showed up at your door with a parachute one morning and said, "hey, you don't have to do anything but parachute today it's just parachute day!". okay, so maybe it would be amazing and a little creepy too. but mostly amazing. (very nice to meet you too and i hope to see you again very soon! and yes... true love forever!)

Molly Kate said...

I loved parachute day!

jesse said...

and then they would throw rubber balls in the middle and we would toss them around to each other?

kelly said...

when my parents lived out on a mini farm. they had a pumpkin party each fall. my parents invited all the teachers from the corp and everyfamily from church and let the kids all take home their own pumpkin[free]and we would have apple cider, hotdogs and marshmallowson the open fire. smoke in your eyes and the parachute. we have a picture of my son gabe, clear up in the air - laughing. dad would put kids in the center and we would toss them.
so much fun.

Geek+Nerd said...

Oooh, that was my favorite game!!! I was always the little person, I loved that part!

risa said...

yes!
and at some point in hs one of my friends somehow got her hands on a parachute and we recreated parachute day.

matirose said...

you guys are CRACKING me up. for some reason my comments are no longer being emailed to me and i thought i was the only crazy one to remember... but we all do :)
this fills me with glee.
i know, let's meet in golden gate park and recreate!!!!

Lisa said...

LOL - and it still happens. my daughter just had parachuet day last week. BUT - they now sell those parachuets at target (or any other toy store), so its a little less special for kids these days.

jenifer74 said...

i loved that day. good fun. must have been in every gym teachers manual in the 80's :)

a golden gate parachute day bbq - yea!

Tracy D. said...

Oh those fun times at Del Dayo Elementary School in Sacramento...

yes, I too loved parachute day.

I think pizza day was also high on my list!

Swirly said...

OMG - I LOVED the parachute days!! Yes, where DID those people come from??

Swirly said...

OMG - I LOVED the parachute days!! Yes, where DID those people come from??

Vashey Fam said...

Hey! I thought that only happened in elementary school in Texas! I totally remember parachute day. It's one of my favorite gym memories.

rubberbandgirl said...

I love the parachute. It was the best. Great team work exercise, I'm sure, but it was just fun!
I got here from hula-seventy

Tiffany said...

OMG - Yes! We would beg for parachute day all winter long, but of course we couldn't do it in the snow and they'd save if for like the very last week of school, when we all had hardcore cabin fever. The best part was when everyone would lift up, run underneath (still holding on) and sit down on the parachute edge really fast, creating a bubble like tent over our heads.

Thanks for that memory, Mati!

pitter painter said...

love love parachute day! i do a mini version with my cat sometimes when I make the bed, she loves to run under the sheet.

pERiWinKle said...

Hi Mati,

I teach 4 and 5 year olds with special needs...the parachute is one of our weekly activities. When they see it, their faces lit up and they start jumping up and down! Love it!!! xx

trupeach said...

i'm in grad school for early childhood education, and in one of my classes this summer, we did the parachute exercise. we all lifted it as high as it could go, ran under it, sat on the edges, and tucked them under as quickly as we could. it then creates a huge, colorful tent. it was magical! we all, as adults, lit up with joy so i can imagine how children must think it's the greatest.

Linnea said...

Oh my gosh! Parachute day was the best ever... just a few weeks ago I was telling my boyfriend about it...trying to explain the happiness. He could only imagine!
xox,
Linnea

no worries said...

I grew up in Australia and we did parachute aswell! It is an amazing memory with all the kids lifting up at the same time, some running under... Ive never seen it elsewhere! Nice to think about it again!