QACI Quirks – When the Geese Fly South
fellow Quackers! I’m taking over QACI Quirks this week, and if you’re feeling
sceptical of my abilities to brighten up your day, fear not(!), for I have been
waiting for the opportunity to put my blatant nature as a punster to use by
raising a collective QACI groan, for far too long.
As the past week
has shown us, winter is coming, and
with it probably a stark shift in
both the climate and our outlook on life. Admittedly, not everyone shares my
fondness for the warm tea and woollen jumper season, as it is s(no)w joke that the gloomy weather,
shorter days and finger-numbing chill does inspire the occasional winter-blues.
Winter also means that many of us have unabashedly banded together as members
of the Flu Fighters, with the
harmonious chorus of ah-choos in the hallways and the satisfying sound of a
tissue ripping free from the confining clutches of its box (hey, it’s the
little things right?).
Not to mention
the fact that for my fellow seniors and I, our winter began with a careers and
tertiary study information session which, like me, has probably given you cold feet when forced to think about our
(very real) impending futures as self-accountable individuals of the world.
Isn’t it un-brrr-lieveable how time flies?
Whilst the goose
inside us all has probably now flown south in search of warmer skies, we might
feel the slow metamorphosis into a more solitary beast – perhaps such as the
lone wolf – or the compelling urge to hibernate like a bear, and sleep away our
issues that tissues can’t solve. Sometimes, it may very well feel like we’re treading on thin ice, trying to juggle
school and work and friends and hobbies and health at the same time. Yes, it
can be quite ice-olating at times,
but to that I say – in the interest of sticking to bird analogies – why don’t
we embrace our inner penguin instead?
It is a known
fact that in the winter, a group of penguins (called a waddle!) stay warm by
huddling together. The waddle constantly shuffles the huddle to make sure every
member gets the chance to stay warm in the middle, especially to look after
their eggs (symbolism for the IB?). Likewise, the spirit of our community is built on the very principles of
teamwork and support, therefore we must trust that each member in our huddle
will support us through the winter, until the moment of the hatching.
(I also see the
imagery here befitting, as the layers upon layers soon to cover us in will
inevitably result in the need to waddle like a penguin as means of getting
let’s not forget the flock that we are surrounded by to lean on for warmth and
help preserve through when the bitter blizzards of assessments and the much
anticipated meltdowns strike. Let’s
also not forget to chill a little as
well, for winter also brings crisp air,
fuzzy socks and
the opportunity to do some sweat-free exercise.
[so as not to
break the system set, Pun rating: over