Hit The Floor

Gravity Holds it Down

It’s a well-known fact that everything in our galaxy is goverened by the laws of gravity, but lately I get the feeling that if you are between the ages of 7 and 13, gravity seems to impart a much greater affect. I don’t know how they do it, but if there is something that can possibly fall off a desk my students will somehow find a way to knock it to the floor. Throughout my lessons pencils, pens, books, rulers, and erasers are constantly clattering to the ground, like there’s some unseen force field that is pulling them downward. Chairs and desks are not immune either, nor are the kids, who always seem to come in with gnarly looking scrapes and cuts due to tumbles and spills of one sort or the other. Here’s a thought, but if you want to save yourself some band-aide money maybe you shouldn’t be rollerblading down stairs while trying to unwrap a popsicle. And furthermore, maybe it’s not the best idea to hold a face-punching contest before class. You can save yourself a lot of heartache and trips to the hospital if you just slowed your pace down a touch.

If you think about it, it’s a little ironic how falling down is such an essential part of growing up. Kids are constantly trying to act bigger and tougher than they actually are, and yet gravity is constantly keeping them in check, literally pulling them back down to earth. Thinking back, I did my fair share of stupid stunts back in the day – playing full contact football in a cluttered basement in the pitch dark comes to mind – but I made it out alive, and surprisingly with no broken bones to boot. I can also recall falling out our backyard apple tree on a few occasions, and also that one time where I attempted to jump down our basement staircase in one fell swoop. I got busted up pretty good on more than one occasion, but it was worth it. Gravity may be one law that can never be broken, but as a kid, it sure is fun to try.

Related Listening:

“Gravity Rides Everything” – Modest Mouse

“Falling” – Ben Kweller


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