April 12, 2006

The Fastest Boy in School

The hierarchy of elementary school. Some things don’t change.

My second son is the fastest kid in all of 3rd grade. All the kids know it as this is becoming his claim to fame. The fastest kid in K, 1, 2 AND 3 and from what I understand, he’s almost faster than all the 4th graders too.

When talking to him about it, he will spout off in order, who the top 5 fastest kids in his class are… and by the way, #2 is a little girl not much bigger than he.

All the fastest kids happen to be the smallest.

So this was of great discussion in the car today as the boys spoke with great awe of this kindergartener who is so fast, he almost beat the fastest kid in 1st grade, a small amazingly athletic boy I call Frankie Doodle. All the bigger kids want to race this 5 year old, but Son#2 informed me he was has still retained his seat as King of the Running Hill.

He’s the man.

And it reminded me of when I was in elementary school. I went to Orange Park Elementary in Orange Park, Florida. It was a three year tour for us there, as The Great Omnipotent One was stationed at NAS Jax. And I don’t remember the names of many kids there, just a girl here or there, but I do remember, to this day, the name of the fastest boy in our class.

He wasn’t a friend, just a kid in my class, yet his name is etched in my brain because everyone knew HE could run. Bobby Stokes was his name. And I also remember in 5th grade, he was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

I think of him often. Once a year, some kid in our school gets diagnosed with that horrible disease. This week one of the kids in our school crashed and is now at our local hospital, where they’re trying to get him stabilized. One day the kid is great, the next day, he’s in ICU with a lifetime diagnosis.

So I often wonder how the fastest boy is doing. I remember him being smart too. He was a cute kid. Cute, smart, and fast and very very quiet. I hope he is well…

Posted by Boudicca at April 12, 2006 09:31 PM | TrackBack

.. you would be surprised at the adults being encroached upon by diabetes.... I hope your 5th grade buddy is doing fine....

Posted by: Eric at April 12, 2006 10:32 PM

Do they run so fast to get away from you? JUST JOKING!!!

Posted by: vw bug at April 13, 2006 06:45 AM

Funny, my memory of the "fastest" boy in school is much different. :-)

Here's to hopin' he doesn't earn THAT title.

(sorry, I just couldn't resist)

Posted by: Tammi at April 13, 2006 09:42 AM

Hey, I was the fastest kid in 3rd grade at OPE. I think it's because another kid had moved away.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at April 13, 2006 03:20 PM

It isn't limited to elementary school. Mine still know the fastest pecking order. Daredevil is second fastest. Chowhound is on his heals. The fastest is a kid nicknamed "Rabbit".

Posted by: Sticks at April 13, 2006 07:44 PM

Hehheh I was never the fastest, but I was the one that was always LET through when playing "red rover" because it was known that to stand in my way was to be knocked flat.

Elderspawn got my leg muscles.... I'm thinking he'll make one heck of a good lineman if he ever decides to play peewee football...

Posted by: Graumagus at April 14, 2006 04:16 AM

where I went to grammer school the little kids had to be the fastest or else they would get beat up a bigger kid who got beat up by a bigger kid who got beat up by an even bigger kid. I was fortunate. I was the biggest kid and didn't have to run nor beat up anyone.

Posted by: GUYK at April 14, 2006 05:59 AM