Have you checked the weather forecast for this week? Brace yourself – it’s going to be biting! Apparently, a ‘Beast from the East’ is set to hit us in the next few days. Of course, this always has a positive impact on Bickley boys as the tantalizing dream of a snow day begins to raise its head! Newspapers like the Daily Mail and The Express have already wound up many boys with the prediction of ‘four months of SNOW!’ (clearly Geographers are not writing these types of headlines as Mr Cash has said it is impossible to predict the weather, with any certainty, beyond a week or so). I was talking to a Year 3 boy who assured me we probably wouldn’t have any school in December and January. Little does he know that even Beasts from the East won’t close our school!
Thinking of the weather reminded me of the Aesop’s Fable, ‘The North Wind and the Sun’. As with all good fables, it involves some kind of challenge and in this case, the two types of weather decide they will compete to see who is the most powerful. The winner will be the one who is able to get a random man to remove his coat. (Can you see where this is going?) The Wind steps up and claims it will be no time at all before he wins. He huffs and he puffs and he blows the house….. (oops….. sorry….. wrong story) OK, he ups the chill factor and blasts the man with an icy jet of air. Rather than having the desired impact, this only makes the man hold his coat even tighter, keeping in the warmth. Next, the Sun steps in and he begins to shine down on the unsuspecting man. Within a short while, the man is feeling so toasty, he shrugs his jacket off. So, the moral of the story is… British weather is highly erratic and therefore you should prepare for all weather at all times!
OK, there is a deeper meaning to this simple tale: a gentle, warm approach is far more effective than a forceful one! This relates rather well to last week’s anti-bullying theme: CHOOSE RESPECT. I think this fable shows exactly the outcomes that anti-bullying supports, namely – forcing someone to do what you want seldom has the desired outcome whereas, if you show kindness and are warm and welcoming, you will make friends wherever you go!
So, as you prepare for a chilly week, remember the warmth of the sun and be that little ray of sunshine XD. OK, that is the cheesiest ending I have ever written! But it’s still true. Hopefully, I will be writing my next blog, at home, in my pyjamas, with a large cup of tea, on a SNOW DAY! Until then – stay warm!
* Some sources (rather sparse this time round) :
This is a family friendly, you-tube version of the fable.