Today one of my students noticed a picture I have on the mantel of myself running in a race (the Lewis and Clark). He asked, “Oh, did you run in a race?”
I said, yes, I ran in a half-marathon in the fall.
He thought about that for a bit, and then asked “Did you win?”
When I told him, no, I didn’t…he looked disappointed.
He asked what place I finished. I told him I didn’t remember, that there were over 5000 people, that I was somewhere in the middle, maybe close to 3000th (I don’t remember!). I think I blew his mind.
But I loved it: “Did you win?” No one else has asked me that!
This is why I teach.