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The Disappointing Parachute
Laura Booz: I remember this one day when I walked into gym class. I could tell it was not going to be the type of class where we would have to run laps and do sit ups, because in the middle of the gymnasium was spread this beautiful, colorful, silky parachute. And I was right! For the next thirty minutes, we had the time of our lives.
Our teacher taught us how to hold onto the sides of the parachute and skip in a circle as it billowed and rolled in the air. We played cat and mouse, all change, sharks and lifeguards—what a gym class! This seven-year-old was in heaven.
With five minutes remaining, our teacher quieted us down for dramatic emphasis and the grand finale: “We will make a giant mushroom.”
A reverent hush fell over the gymnasium . . . a giant mushroom. We all took the …
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