Have you ever thought about precisely how much water you want/need to drink during a quick break from training? We provide very small paper dixie cups (2oz) and often we see kids fill the cup, take a tiny sip, then toss the rest into the trash. It’s a tiny amount, but multiplied by many kids, it adds up to a swampy mess in the can.
Why? Carelessness, obliviousness, and a hurried attitude contribute to this small waste of a precious resource.
Left to their own impulses, the kids tend to clump at the spigot, gulping water in a pushy fashion. If we are busy setting up the next drill, we don’t always notice, but “lining up for a water break” is an activity I expect CLAWS and JAWS students to organize for the younger students.
In general when the kids line up for a drink I instruct them to pour a cup, then move to the back to drink allowing the next child to fill. I instruct them that after they have drunk a full glass, they can return to the faucet if they need more. Mostly the kids realize they need only a cupful and race back into the room.
Last night Erik asked the kids to only take as much as they needed…to measure carefully, and if they poured too much, to at least pour the water back into the drain. This is all a natural outcome of getting curious about water consumption during the drought. Erik challenged me at home to gauge the amount of coffee I drink each morning and to strive to pour only the absolute least I need to make that amount. I had always poured water to the 4 cup line, but now I realize I can pour to the 3 cup line and have nothing left in the pot.
This week I’ll challenge the kids to test it out. How much water fits precisely in your mouth? How much when you are huffing and puffing from exercise? I won’t be surprised if we have a few gulply chokes and bug eyes.
I’ll instruct them to use the sip of water as more than a quick break from training, but also a (can I say it?) sacred connection to the planet. When we re-fill our cup (or our body) we ready ourselves to serve. Can you take just enough?