#SOL18 – WIP Chapter 8

Today, in my favorite class this year, science, we were assigned a project. We have to conduct an experiment on our own idea.

Lindsey and Kiera asked me to be in their group.

We decided to do a taste experiment. We planned to hold up a scent under a person’s nose, then have them bite into a piece of bread to see if the smell affected their taste.

Our teacher, Mr. Gardner, likes our idea.

We spend time planning during class and by video chat on the weekends.

Sometimes we don’t talk about our experiment at all.

We start testing our samples and collecting data. I think we are ahead of all of the other kids in our class.

All of Mr. Gardner’s classes will compete at the end of the project. We will present our findings to a group of teachers who will pick the top three projects.

After school is our first cross-country meet. It’s away. I’ve been running well. Maybe I take shortcuts sometimes, but generally, I take running seriously.

During practice, this one sporty kid (but not from my old elementary school), has decided to make my life miserable. I don’t even know his name.

He always seems to want to point out if I come in last, or if I ran the shorter of the two courses we are given at practice.

What’s it to him?

I feel like saying something, but I try to avoid him instead.

I’m not sure what it is about me that encourages other people to make comments.

He doesn’t bother anyone else.

Why does he pay so much attention to me when I’m minding my own business?

Anyway, I don’t finish last during the meet. I do come in behind my brother, but my mom says that I had a better time at the start of the season than he did at the end of his 7th grade season.

I feel pretty good about that. It makes me want to keep running. Maybe I’ll even take the longer course next time we have a choice.

5 thoughts on “#SOL18 – WIP Chapter 8

  1. Great words of wisdom from his mom. I am totally struck by Jack’s words: I’m not sure what it is about me that encourages other people to make comments.

    I read our piece twice, Aileen. I am just glued to each little story that Jack shares with us. Thank you!

  2. I want to hear more about the experiment, too.
    I like Jake’s mother; she’s encouraging and helps him to feel good about his running and himself.
    I, like Jake, wonder what there is “about him” that “encourages people to make comments.”
    Eagerly awaiting your next installment.

  3. Many times when someone points out another’s faults or weaknesses it is because they feel threatened by that person. Could this be? Mom is very wise.

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