Who? Well it turns out he’s a game show host. I’m thinking that if Bruce Forsyth was into animals, this would be him. And then the 9 year-olds of Britain could be writing biography projects about Brucie for school, as … Continue reading
Yesterday was the first time I had ever heard the term “Charley horse,” – or so I thought. Here is the text exchange between me and Child 2 that I received: So what is a Charley horse? Well it’s a … Continue reading
It is with deep joy that I announce that my favourite (favorite) washing powder (laundry detergent) has just arrived Stateside and is exclusively available at Walmart, only 4.1miles from our house! Here’s an amusing little ad (commercial) for it: The … Continue reading
How’s this for an excellent example of the cultural differences between the US and UK… This week we have celebrated Presidents Day with a day off school. Presidents Day used to commemorate the birthday of George Washington on February the … Continue reading
Here’s the news from the US of A that the British media missed last weekend. The Super Bowl happened yes, but more than that… this weekend we found out about Puppy Bowl. Puppy Bowl XI, on a couple of hours … Continue reading
Boston Butt? Seriously? Seriously. So here’s the story. Yesterday, a very lovely Mexican lady of my acquaintance made us a plate of tamales. I have watched enough cooking programmes (shows) to know what they were but have never tried them. … Continue reading
More trans-continental, cross-cultural weirdness and time for some parental reflections on the merits and de-merits of having brought our children to live in High School Musical land (minus the music). Last Friday the Middle School that Child 1 & Child 2 go to held a Pep Rally. Here is a photo from the event. Those in the know will see Child 1 there, wearing his football jersey and ‘taking a knee.’
‘We are having a pep rally at school on Friday,’ said Child 1. ‘I’ve got to wear my jersey.’
‘Ok,’ I said. ‘What’s a pep rally?’
‘Oh, it’s a really stupid thing where all the school gets together and cheers for all the teams.’
Child 1 is 13 and so pretty much everything is stupid these days but apart from that, it’s a reasonable explanation. A pep rally is a pep talk, just on a larger scale. It’s about spicing things up a bit and building team spirit. Etymologically, it’s about this:
In the case of the boys’ pep rally, I believe there were some words said by the Principal and then the cheerleaders cheered and then the teams all filed in and the rest of the school cheered them. Woo hoo. Both boys told me that ‘of course’ the football team came in last and got the biggest cheer because that’s the coolest team to be on. I do wonder what Child 1 is doing on it then… but not out loud.
Apparently Pep Rallies are common in Middle and High Schools over here, although it was new to us. They are keen to build the community spirit in the Middle School and that should be applauded I think. But this? I don’t know. The teams ran in through pom-pom arches made by smiling cheerleaders – just something I can’t imagine happening in the UK. I’m trying to be very ‘When in Rome’ about it, but whenever I think about it, my head starts shaking. Some things about living in foreign take a lot of getting used to.