It was time for the first grade wellness class and oh, how I treasured those remarkable times! There were always fun comments made by children who enthusiastically participated in the discussions.
I planned to talk about STRESS that day, and how it effects our bodily functions. The kids were going to learn to take their own pulse, and then run in place to see how their pulse rate increased. Then I would ask them just think about a scenario where they were running from something—to show how the thought alone would do the same thing.
To begin the discussion I asked if anyone could tell me if they knew what the word “stress” meant. Julie raised her hand and said, “I really don’t know what it is—but my Mom says she has it.” I responded that most everyone feels that way sometimes.
Jack raised his hand and proclaimed, “Well, I know EXACTLY what it is, nurse. Stress is what I FEEL when my mother tells me the school bus is out there and I can only find one shoe!”