Joe and I ran a 1/2 marathon last weekend. During the week before at school I was a bit nervous. Then with perfect timing it just so happened that "nervous" was a vocabulary word in one of my 2nd grade classes.
I described nervous as a feeling when you're a little bit scared, a little bit excited and sometimes have a funny feeling in your tummy.
I used the example that I was a little nervous about the 1/2 marathon. I am a little bit excited about running, I am a little bit scared of how far and for how long I have to run. I am also a little nervous about making my goal time of under 2 hours.
They seemed to understand and the class continued without a hitch. Class finished and they were off to their next class.
Well, it just so happened that this 2nd grade class had Joe's class next. They had to take a test and when they were finished they got to have some free time. They usually play Uno or solve crossword puzzles. But this time they asked if they could make me good luck letters and cards because I was so nervous about my run. (how freaking cute is that!) Well at the end of the day I was bombarded with good lucks and cute cards.
Check these cards out:
A mini book by Angela; "Hello! Ms. Stephanie! I'm Angela. I listen that you will go to race. I hope you that win the race!!"
"Ms. Stephanie. I will cheer you in Friday!!! So don't worry about that!! You can run 13.1 miles! You can do it!"
page 2: running REALLY fast! page 3: being crowned first place winner!
"To Ms. Stephanie Good Luck in your race (13.1 miles is sooooo far)"
(My personal favorite is that in the picture, I cross the finish line before Joe )
From June: "Ms. Stephanie Good luck for your race! I can't think running 13.1 miles it is so~ far....
I hope you win but I think there is faster people than you.
(I love kid honesty)
I hope you win!"
(It's hard to tell but on my shirt there is a 1st crossed out, then a 2nd crossed out, but the 3rd place is clearly written)