I am a substitute teacher (among other things). Today I subbed in K-3 P.E. Since it was P.E, I was dressed down and without thinking about the proximity of the Olympics put on the fleece vest I bought at Nationals last year, with the USFSA Championships logo.
Enter 3rd graders mid-morning. With shining eyes, a little girl asks me "are you a figure skater?" After laughing at the notion, I said I am not and that I bought the vest when I went to watch skating in Omaha last year. Next question from another little girl: "were they real Olympic skaters?" I told her that they were and I saw all the American skaters that were at the Olympics and even shook hands with some of them after they won medals.
Two other girls nearly lost it and one of them gasped out "Did you see GRACIE?" I said yes and that I shook her hand, too.
I finally got them all started running their laps. But kids kept stopping to ask me about skaters including Jason and Meryl and Charlie. But the cutest was when the original four little girls ran up to me and asked to touch my hands because I shook hands with Gracie. One of them informed me that she should have won because her outfit last night made her "look like a fairy princess".
(And then it also occurred to me that perhaps our dear sky_fly is actually 8 years old).