I was at recess duty on Thursday afternoon. It was a dreary day and had snowed off and on throughout the day. I debated on whether or not I should take the kids outside. I opted to take them out so they could run off energy.
One student made a few poor choices and I had him stay with me and walk around. I had the bright idea to see if he could run between the two basketball goals in less than 15 seconds. He did...so we tried it again...he did it again. This time, one of my students wanted to do it too (a girl), so I thought they could race.
Many kids came and watched with anticipation. The race began and in just a few steps, the little girl's shoe fell off. I thought that she'd stop and complain...but no! She kicked off the other shoe and kept running...down the pavement they ran and around the pole and on the way back she kicked it into high gear and just barely beat him.
She walked back...put on her shoes and then noticed that her socks were a little on the wet side. She told me her mother would kill her, so I wrote a note to help explain the situation.
If it had been me in her shoes (or lack thereof), I would have stopped, gave up, and whined to go in...not her! What a great lesson I learned from her that day. She is a great example of what perseverance and gumption look like.