Now, read "Are
You Ready, Sam?"
to see how Sam's feelings
The clouds hung low in the gray sky. The chirping of the
bluebirds woke me from my restful sleep. As I slowly woke, I got
feeling in my stomach. Today was the day. Today, I had to
something I have been afraid to do for a long time. Breakfast
was normal and I began to relax.
Mom came into the kitchen asking, "Are you ready, Sam?"
"Yes," I answered quietly. I wasn't really!
The school bus came on time, and I sat with my friend, Billy.
We chatted about baseball and trading cards. It was a great way
to get my mind off of what I had to do today. As we approached
the school, I could feel my heart beating. My hands were starting
to sweat. I hated this!
I entered Mrs. Owens' class. She was smiling, and saying
hello to her students as she did every morning.
"Hi Sam," she said as I walked in.
"Hi," I said and quickly sat in my seat. We said the pledge,
and then took our spelling test. I looked at the clock. The
near. I hope I am not first! Mrs. Owens said it was time to
our special day. Special day? That's a joke.
Mrs. Owens announced, "Sam, you'll be first."
I got up slowly, looking at the ground as I walked to the
front of the room. I looked up, and everyone was staring at me.
Mrs. Owens must have known I was nervous because she came by
me, and put her hand on my back.
She said to the class, "Sam has worked very hard on his
report, and I know it is very interesting." Then she turned to me
and asked, "Sam, what did you like best about your report on
I thought about the fun things I had read about surfing, and
I started to talk. Before I knew it, I was telling the class about
everything I had learned. I talked in front of the whole class, and
was fun. It wasn't scary after all. The class clapped as I
and Mrs. Owens was smiling. I was proud of myself.