It was a warm January day, I was outside playing in the yard. I walked by a lonely looking soccer ball, so I kicked it. It rolled underneath our deck. I was always scared of underneath the deck. It was dark and ominous. Creepy creatures lived down there, so I thought. I took a deep breath and found some courage to retrieve my ball. I got down on my belly and reached to grab the ball. What was that I could feel? It was mushy and cold. It felt like ice cream! Turns out it was just snow from last week. It hadn't melted underneath the deck.
Wayne was a short scrawny 4th grader who was no taller than an average 1st grader. He wasn't necessarily a bad kickball player but lacked confidence in himself. Nevertheless he continued to play.
Mr. Stehm's 4th Grade - Columbia Elementary - Joplin, Missouri