The College Saunter…

Drenching rains never seem to dissuade budding adults as they wend their way along sundry walkways to their respective classes.

The winter winds seem to have no effect, as the majority of students choose to wear flimsy attire. They continue onward with their journeys, the rain, sleet, and snow pelting them with every footfall.

Nary an umbrella is seen, as perhaps the ‘drowned rat’ appearance is preferred. They slog on, finding themselves in a  classroom; slouched,damp, and dripping.

One wonders if such a countenance would prove deleterious to their assorted gadgets, as a drop or two of moisture could eventually short-circuit their…circuitry.

Braving along campus byways, with only a sweatshirt or hoodie on, some donning only a t-shirt and sandals (mind you, it is winter and the temperature hovers in the 20’s…) they all seem to have that hang-dog expression. It’s not so much the attire chosen, nor their collectively glum visages. It is the college gait that remains universal and rather risible.

No matter what college campus one is acquainted with, the college saunter is practiced far and wide. It matters not the weather outside, the time of day, or the season. It is a slow, controlled, practiced stroll, head down, jacket (if worn) unzippered, walking with shuffled careful footfalls and paying no heed whatsoever to others nor 3,000 vehicles that pass by perilously close.

The campus saunter, one supposes, makes one impervious to both weather conditions and speeding beasts of metal. One can only imagine their appearance once the destination sought is found. Wet, ragged, soaked, uncomfortable, shivering in the perpetual breeze inherent in all schools.

I, however, choose proper clothing, as well as the much maligned umbrella. But, I suppose, in my youth I, too, felt invincible against the sundry whims of nature and automobiles gleefully spraying puddles upon pedestrians.

Saunter on, students, but zip up your jacket. It’s cold out there! And didn’t your Mom ever tell you that you can catch a cold with wet hair?

Copyright, Paul Grignon, 2012, All Rights Reserved.


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