“That was not a smart move by me to take ’em off when I’m still looking at the sun.”

So, I did get to see the eclipse on Monday at school. Uh, they passed out the eclipse glasses, which is nice ‘cause then I could look at the eclipse. Um, but you know, I had quite a bit of an experience with the eclipse… not necessarily a good one, but it happened to a lot of people. So, I put the eclipse glasses on. It was kind of hard cuz I had to take my glasses off to put the eclipse glasses on, because I heard that you're not supposed to put them on over your glasses. But so, I put 'em on, and I was staring at the sun, and it was really, really cool. And I, and I, like, went to turn away, but then I stopped and continued looking at the sun and then I took the glasses off and I'm still looking at the sun for another half a second, but I don't think it did any damage to my retina. It was just because I did it for a half a second. I don't think it did that much damage, but it was really bright. But I'm just fortunate that, you know, it didn't burn my retina. That was not a smart move by me to take 'em off when I'm still looking at the sun. I don't know what was going through my brain, huh? But that's what happens. It happened to a lot of other people at our school too. But yeah, I thought the eclipse was quite cool, but it was also kind of annoying how bright the sun was.

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“So I threw the ball and I do not have good aim.”

Well, maybe, I guess -- so we were playing this dodgeball game but if you got out -- well, it wasn't teams. There were like five balls and you can move all, all around but you couldn't move with the ball. If you got out, you had to go behind the basketball hoop and try to make it and if you did everyone was back in. So we were playing dodgeball and I had the ball. And there was a student in my class right in front of me. And he was actually new — he had been there for like two weeks. And I was trying to like aim to get him out because, you know, why wouldn't I if it's dodgeball? And so I threw the ball and I do not have good aim because it hit him in the head and I felt so bad because he had just gotten there and he started crying and I just felt terrible because -- yeah, I didn't mean to hit him in the head. And it got a little intense there, so.

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“Right away, he opened the door and screamed at us, ‘Thanks a lot, Jack Frost.'”

We have like -- there's two houses on my street that, like, we play with them all the time. One to the left and one, like, diagonal. And then there's another person, she lets us use her yard, she's really nice. And across the street, there's these, uh, grandma and grandpa, and they're really nice.  But then, like, diagonal, there's these old people that don't like us at all. Like, once we were – so we were having a snowball fight in the winter and this – his driveway had no snow on it. And then we threw a snowball and missed. So one singular snowball hit that – hit the pavement, and right away he opened the door and screamed at us, "Thanks a lot, Jack Frost." And it was like this old guy, and yeah. So then – they don't like us.  And then – but then down our street there's a park, and across from the park there's this 'nother family that we'll play with once in a while, but other than that not really.

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“Martial arts is still really fun.”

Well, I'm already doing martial arts right now, so, that's all that I'm doing. It's really fun sometimes. I've got friends. I can do some karate kicks. I don't really know anything that kind of looks like the real thing, but I want to learn how to get a fly through the chopsticks like, uh, Mr. Miyagi from the -- from the Karate Kid. So, yeah. That would be pretty nice if I could do that. And martial arts is still really fun. We get to learn forms, which is basically like a series of actions. We have to shout, which is called kihap-ing, but I figure that maybe I shouldn't expose everything. The instructors are nice. They yell a lot, that's normal. Yeah.

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“Instead of like, Oma and Opa, I say Pake and Beppe.”

Yesterday I was not feeling well, so I stayed home. My mom and dad got back, though and I was like, "Yes! Yes!" Oh, yesterday, my Beppe -- my -- I call her Beppe, it's Grandma. It's another way of saying it, instead of like, Oma and Opa, I say Pake and Beppe. It's another Dutch way to say Grandpa and Grandma, okay? But yesterday, I was downstairs in the basement, and my Beppe, she was gonna go and go to the store and get some stuff for something. So yeah, then she asked me what I wanted, like what kind of fun drink or what, like, something else. And I said I wanted Fan- -- orange Fanta. And she asked me what candy or treat I would like, and I said Reese's. I love both of them. She got me three egg Reese's and you know those tiny cans? She got me a pack of those. Fanta. I drank three yesterday and they're still underneath my bed. And I'm like, I'm gonna drink one later probably. My, my, my siblings don't know. They don't know. I ate the last Reese's before they came.

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“It was really fun because I was sick of staying in my house during covid-19.”

Have you ever gone on a picnic? Tell us about your experience eating outside. So I remember when I was in about second grade during, uh, the covid-19 pandemic. We did not have school. Um, and it was, like, boring just eating lunch at home. So, sometimes I would pack a lunch, like what I would normally have for school lunch: a sandwich, a snack, fruits, and vegetables. And, well, I probably brought a water too. And then we have a soccer field near our house with a park and everything and I would just walk over there and eat lunch by the soccer field and sometimes my sisters would come with me and then we would play soccer there. And it was really fun because I was sick of staying in my house during covid-19. So I would just pack my lunch and go to the soccer field. And that was a fun experience because usually during covid, I didn't get to get out of the house. I didn't go to places. So it was nice to have that park, it's nice to have that park near my house, especially during that time.

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“When they were coming, they stole the ball we were using.”

So today at recess, just me and three of my friends wanted to play, like, just the us four. But then the other people who we normally play soccer with didn't agree to that and they got really mad 'cause when they were coming, they stole the ball we were using -- well, it wasn't really a ball. It was a bouncy ball since those work best for playing soccer, even though it's not a real ball. And then they got super mad at us for not being able to share it and stuff, so they told on the teacher. But since I was being nicer to them by saying to my friends, "Okay, we already had some time to play just the us four, so now I think we should play with them," but they didn't really agree, and it was hard for me to pick which side I should be on, so I was kind of in between. I don't think my friends realize that I wasn't following them a bunch. An- but the other group who we normally play w- with, they got really mad. And like I said, they told the teacher and they said that they -- that the other three people that I was with couldn't play with them if they asked. But then they said I could because I was nicer I guess.

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“There was two seconds left on the clock and I just chucked it over my head.”

I don't like homework. I'm a super busy person. Like last night, I had a basketball game. And then right after that I went to volleyball. Oh wait! I need to tell you this. It's super cool. But during the basketball game, I made one from half court. Like not ‘cause I was shooting from half court, but just because there was two seconds left on the clock and I just chucked it over my head and it, it went in and I was like, "Oh my gosh!" And then the coach was just like, "Oh, it's just luck." Like, dude! I actually practice those too. Be- because I've had to do that like three or four times now and I almost made it one time but this time I actually made it 'cause I -- sometimes I just like practice like just chucking the ball at the wall from like half court or like full court or something like that, and just like aim for a brick or something. And this time I actually made it and then the coach was like, "It's just luck." Dude, that's so rude.

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“I would probably win every single race, and it would make my life a lot simpler.”

Would you rather be as tall as a giraffe or as fast as a cheetah? I'd say I w- want to be as fast as a cheetah so I could run 80 miles per hour because I like to run a lot. The sport I play, which is soccer, includes a lot of running, and, um, at my school every year, there's this thing we do called mileage club where if you run around, like, a certain course that they made, you can get, like, a toy token after running, like, one mile. And they would probably think I'm cheating or something. But I think it would be a really cool ability to have 'cause it would be like kind of having super speed or something. But I really wouldn't wanna be as tall as a giraffe because, I don't know the actual height, but I'm guessing that's probably like 18.8 feet or something and I wouldn't really fit in any rooms at all. I mean, it would have, like, maybe a really long neck, but there's no uses for a really long neck. As a human, that is. I mean, they're awesome, but you don't really need them. But being as fast as a cheetah, I mean, I could run around and do stuff really fast. Like if I -- I would probably win every single race, and it would make my life a lot simpler. I wouldn't, I wouldn't really need, like, a bike or anything. I could just go noom, zoom down there. Plus, I wouldn't need a car, and maybe if I just grabbed something I could transport it with me. I dunno. I think it would be really cool. I, I could, I -- if my family was on, like, a road trip or something, I could go next to the, the car. I can get out of the car, go next to them on, like, the highway or something, if they're going, like, seventy miles an hour, and run alongside. Plus, I think it -- like I said earlier, it would just have some really handy life stuff, like going to school for instance. Um, like going to work, just, you know, going to places. But I don't know if being able to run fast makes the -- your hands move around fast, like super speed could. So yeah, I think that's all I'm…

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“But then they told me why there was no school, and it made me really sad.”

Today, I'm gonna be talking about what happened in 2023 on February 13th and how it impacted my life. From what I remember, on that day I was – so, I – when I got up in the morning and came to my parents, they told me that there was no school, so I was happy. But then they told me why there was no school, and it made me really sad, and a bit frightened, too. So, I'm pretty sure my family closed our blinds and stayed inside our house for that day. But I don't remember it perfectly. I know that I was pretty scared, and I was sad at the thought that some students had just gone to campus, um, from their home, and then never returned home. And I thought about how devastated those parents must have been. And I remember my friend telling to me that his brother, who was 13, I'm pretty sure, was on campus, like, at that time. But he didn't – my friend didn't really tell me any more details about that. And I guess when I heard the news that some of the people in the hospital who were there when the shooting happened – I mean, like, some of the people who got hurt, um, recovered well, and were back on their feet. I would just say that I guess it sparked a little hope. And now – um, and then I'm pretty sure a bit later, like maybe a month later, I heard that there was a shooter in the building – in like a school building in Texas, and I was just really hoping that my school could still be safe. And when the shooting happened here, and not in Texas, um I know – I think she wanted school shut down. But what really was the worst about it – well, what really made it so bad (which, it was) was that normally in [town name], everyone is, like, safe. And nothing really bad happens. Or if it does it's pretty minor. But I assume that in some places it's not quite as big of a deal, of a deal. But here it really was, and I was really sad that that happened. And I was thankful that – um, that only three people died and – when it could have been more. But, I was…

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