The other day in the Beta Mini-School (December 19th) during second block, we were having a math quiz *shudder*, a lead up to the test later that week *another shudder*. The test had been going for a while, and finally, someone was finished. They were told to read a book silently until everyone else was done, and walked over to the bookcase to pick one up. But glancing out the window, they exclaimed “It’s snowing!” This began a flurry (get it) of excitement in the room, everyone trying to catch a glimpse outside, Ms.Neumann trying in vain to get us to be quiet and continue our test. I finished up a couple minutes later, and went as well to get a book.
And it was true; it was snowing. But this wasn’t the lame, sleety mess of snow we had seen earlier, disappearing before it had even stayed on the ground. This was real, good quality snow. The ground was already covered with a thin white layer, and my heart leaped with excitement. I got a book to read and went back to my desk to wait for the test to end. And 20 or so minutes before the end of the block, it did, and we corrected our classmate’s work, all very preoccupied with the fluff on the ground outside. There were 10 minutes left, when Ms. Neumann announced that we would be going out there to enjoy the white blanket we had seen grow. I rushed to the corner and grabbed the leash, than told our huge and incredible husky malamute Akira that we were going for a walk! He leaped up in excitement mirroring ours, and I rushed to get my coat.
I was totally unprepared for the snow, as was most of the class, but I ran to the door, eager to leave the class. And we did, Akira on his trusty leash, everyone following the beautiful dog. But he was sad. And we were confused. He was outside, not only taking a walk, but in his natural habitat, snow falling all around him. He should be happier than ever, right? But he was still sad, because he had to wear his raincoat. Ms. Neumann realised how sad he was, and made a decision which would benefit his happiness, but probably not the cleanliness of her house; taking off his jacket. If a husky gets wet, they stay wet for 3 days; but Akira’s evident joy of being free of the raincoat was better than cleanliness.
We walked to the field, and as we arrived, Ms. Neumann took off his leash. The large flat land used to be grass, but now it was covered with a thick layer of snow, which kept falling as we stood there. Then, Akira started to run, running faster than I have ever seen him move before! We chased him to the end of the field, never running out of energy, as Akira look SO CUTE. He galloped around, moving like any average dog, as if all the energy he hadn’t shown us before had been saved up for this moment.
He finally slowed down, but the fun wasn’t over yet. There is nothing cuter in this world than Akira in the snow. He bites it, he jumps for it when we throw it, he runs all around in it! We witnessed a rambunctious Akira vs Ms. Neumann playfight, we tried to pet him as he ran past us, we chased him some more! There wasn’t a sad or even serious look on our faces, just smiles of pure joy. None of us had ever seen Akira this happy, not when we gave him food, not when he reunited with Ms. Neumann (those videos were so so so so cute though they still kill me whenever I think of them), not when we gave him a really good scratch. And then we arrived at the hill.
The hill was, like everything else around us (including ourselves), covered in snow. Akira paused at the top, a little nervous, as some daring classmates tried to slide down on their feet (spoiler alert; they fell over). Suddenly, our adorable pet dashed down the hill halfway, then dashed up again, doing a small circle. He galloped down again, going much further this time, his face in the most adorable grin, the happiest dog in the world. He kept going, down and up, us all laughing and yelling “OH MY GOSH HOW CUTE!!!” at the top of the hill. But eventually, he tired out, and walked over to a corner of the field. We all thought he was going to go number 2, but he just lay down, satisfied with the crazy play-time he had just had. We all ran over to him to pet him (obviously), and we took some amazing pictures of us and our beloved dog.
The bell had rang, so we began the walk back to class, all laughing and talking about Akira and the snow, and how close Christmas was (5 days as of writing this!!). It had been a perfect 10 minutes, and really made me realise how amazing our teachers were. When I think of any other teacher in the snow, I think of all of them standing back trying not to get wet, watching me and my class have fun. Never have I had a teacher act the way Ms. Neumann and Mr. Murray did; running into the snow, laughing along with all of us, not having any fear of getting wet, or ruining their hair, just going all in. I was so happy for the rest of the day, and in the moment, so thank you Mr. Murray and Ms. Neumann. You guys are truly unique teachers in that way, and I wish I could explain it better.
This will be my last post on the Beta blog for awhile, since I’ve already done all the other blog posting jobs (oh no, I still need to do bottle recycling). So I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and an amazing New Year, and hope to return to the blog in Quarter 4!
Sincerely, Akira lover #7889999