Let’s talk penguins today, since most of us are experiencing an “arctic” state of mind.
I will begin with some silly jokes…What do penguins eat for lunch? Ice berg-ers. What do penguins sing at a birthday party? Freeze a jolly good fellow. Who is the penguin’s favorite Aunt? Aunt-Arctica, of course!
Please don’t think I’m penguin-ist. On the contrary, I love penguins, in fact I’ve adopted one – yes I am a penguin mama. Believe it or not penguins are on the WWF‘s endangered species list. Climate change is disrupting their access to sea ice, (I know, hard to imagine this winter). As a former teacher, environmental health was always one of my favorite units to teach. Sharing the planet with other species and protecting our fragile ecosystem is everyone’s responsibility. Together, my students and I would view and discuss the movie Happy Feet, not only did we laugh and learn, we all fell in love with penguins.
So…besides being so darn cute, and starring in a couple of movies about feet, what do penguins have to do with a walking blog?
Well, ever notice how penguins waddle when they walk? Penguins waddle to keep their balance. Especially when they walk on frozen, icy, snowy surfaces.
I recently viewed a walking tip that caught my eye. (What can I say – as a penguin mama, I now have a responsibility to read stuff that has to do with penguins.)
When a person has to walk across a frozen, icy surface it might be helpful to try and walk like a penguin.
Oh little penguin, we bond from afar!