Let’s PLA

As in play, which my youngest nephew informed me he doesn’t get to do during recess P.L.A., Post-Lunch Activity.

No hoops.

No hopscotch.

I learned this as we were going to get ice on Thanksgiving morning.  (It’s a Brooks family tradition called “The Getting Of The Ice.”)

“So what’s your favorite subject, recess?”

“We don’t have recess.”

“You don’t have recess?”

“No.  We have P.L.A.  Post-lunch activity.  They think we’re too old for recess.”

“What grade are you again?”


“So what do you do at P.L.A.?”

“Walk in line in a big circle.”

“You gotta be shi kidding me.”


As it turns out, they made sixth a middle school grade and apparently recess would be very uncool for middle schoolers.

I would like to challenge his principal.

Dodgeball.  Best 2 out of 3.  See you on the playground, pal.


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6 Responses to Let’s PLA

  1. Greg says:

    Yes, hurry up and eat your lunch so you can go enjoy walking in a big circle, kids — isn’t this fun? …what’s that about a childhood obesity epidemic again?

  2. Good one, Gerry. Post Lunch Activity. We’re teaching the kids to be mindless bureaucrats. Orwell’s spinning in his Post Life Activity grave.

  3. Post Lunch Activity?!

    That’s worse than Graphic Novel (comic book)!!!!

  4. Melissa says:

    oh That’s nothing my son is in elementary school here in Waterbury where ALL recess stuff has been taken away.
    No kickball,no jump rope,and absolutely no running. They basically walk around for 20 minutes.

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