Changing of the Guard
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Changing of the Guard London Reviews
Feb 05, 2007
As a kindgergarten teacher in Honduras, I taught my students about the world around us. One of the places that I taught them about was London. We learned about the double decker buses that England is so famous for, Big Ben, and the queen. Out of all of the things we learned, my students were most fascinated with were the BOBBIES! After learning about the Bobbies and the changing of the guard, my students wanted to become these gentlemen. I conned them into being Bobbies for the rest of the year:) All I had to say was Bobbie, and they stood up straight, looked straight ahead, didn't talk, and walked in a perfect little line. It was fabulous!
I wondered, though, what it would be like to see the changing of the guard in person. After talking to one of the "bobbies" aka policemen, my sister discovered that it happens every day at the same time: 11:30 a.m. It is more of a ceremonious occassion than I imagined it would be. Some of the guards came flying into the palace on horseback while others lined the streets playing bagpipes or trumpets. It was a sea of color as the reds and the greens met in the middle along side the black coats of the regiment. We watched as the guards exchanged places and went on their merry way.
I was still curious, however, as to their ability to remain still... without blinking.. without moving a facial muscle for long periods of time. I'm sure that they would win a stare down! As I moved through the crowd, I noticed one of the guards standing tall next to one of the gov't buildings. As I moved closer, I noticed that he wasn't staring straight ahead, but at me. It was then that I saw him wink right at me, smile, and then quickly change his gaze again with his head high and his gaze straight ahead.. .it was as if nothing ever happened:)
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