A Wise Old Man at 8

The second graders are preparing for their African-American reports this month. They are assigned an African-American hero (ranging from Obama to Jesse Owens, Michael Jordan to Harriet Tubman). The goal is to create a report and then present it, in costume, to their classmates and parents.

Yesterday, my second grader told me that one of his classmates is really nervous.

“So, mom,” he said, “I told him that I understand how he feels. My younger self would have been nervous too.”

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