Go, Eli!

November 10, 2011

Drawings, Journal

One of our college staff has been gone the past couple of days so I’ve been filling in with the school age program. It’s been nice catching up with the kindergarteners and first graders – hearing about their day and seeing how they have become such ‘big kids’.

Yesterday Eli showed me this cool boy ‘diary’ he got from Scholastic – it had a lock and key, he could write in it with a secret pen that can only be read with the secret blacklight. It was awesome – I wanted one, but I’m not a first grade boy.

One of the sections had a place to write personal records: stuff like how many push-ups and sit-ups you can do. He decided to do the sit ups. I counted.

Um, he did 71!!! Seh-ven-tee-won. My stomach was hurting for him at 30, then I was afraid he’d puke at 50, and at 70 I thought about making him my personal trainer. I’ve never seen such gumption. I was sure to tell his parents what he had done in case he woke in the night screaming with pain and they though it was appendicitis.

So, today I was with them again and told all the kids about his feat of strength, and they all wanted to try. Eli outdid them again, though. As he approached one-hundred-thirty five, I said, “Can you do seven more?”

He did. Twice as many as the day before. Good freakin’ grief.

Anyway, the point of this was that I was so inspired, I even tried some push-ups. I did six before another staff checked in and I stopped out of embarrassment. Yeah, that’s it. Not because of my weenie arms. Then when the kids started doing things like backbends, I was inspired to try one, and nearly snapped off my wrist.

Lesson learned. Exercise is for the young.

The very, very young.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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6 Responses to “Go, Eli!”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I saw some blank books at a store the other day that had cool old-looking leather covers. I would love to have a need for them, but can’t think of anything. Maybe I should consider keeping a daily dairy or something like that…


    • Peggy Said on:

      Hehe….when Matt was in high school, he bought a cool old-looking leather book at B&N. He didn’t know what he would use it for. Eventually, it became his ‘notes’ on PS3 games. And he lent it to the drama department as a prop.


    • Lauren Said on:

      Can’t you just wrap Bradaptation in a leather cover? 😉


  2. Lloyd Said on:

    In high school Rachel Kretzmann could do 100 situps, so I had to try to do 100 situps (back in the dorm where no one could see if I failed).

    I managed to do them, but the next day my stomach hurt so much that I thought I was sick and didn’t go to school.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    Holy cow Lauren, I am so IMPRESSED! I could never do a backbend…I can’t even do a forward bend….not kidding!

    My doctor told me not to do sit-ups & not to vaccuum. Vaccuuming is the worst thing for someone with a bad back. Really….I have a note.


  4. Kristi Said on:

    When do we cross the threshhold from young to not-so-young? Exercising used to be easy. All of a sudden it’s hard, and it hurts.


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